Presentation on theme: "Social Work Reclaimed Presentation to the Edinburgh Local Practitioner Forum Steve Goodman Director Morning Lane Associates."— Presentation transcript:
Social Work Reclaimed Presentation to the Edinburgh Local Practitioner Forum Steve Goodman Director Morning Lane Associates
Children's social care – a complex task Highest context –management of risk Understanding families in poor environments Knocking on the door Working with parental behaviour Gaining confidence of the system Helping families change
The traditional model – why it doesnt work The social work degree Responses to perceived past failures Administrative burdens Audit and managerialism Assessment overload Waste and impossibility of the team manager role
Shared Values 1989 Children's Act Managing risk together proactively Believing in families Privileging direct work Collaborative and respectful practice
Strategy Whole system change Reduce children in care numbers Invest in social workers Invest in family support Lead –dont manage Sorted Be brave and principled
Systems Reduce processes and procedures Rebel against ICS Family focussed assessment tools Turn decision making on its head Take bureaucratic burden away from social workers Fit for purpose test
Skills Systemic approaches Social Learning Theory interventions Joint working – get things done quickly Access to highly skilled supervision Learning circles Invest in skill development
Style Leadership not management Risk management not risk adverse Role generosity Allow for difference Take responsibility Be a learning not a blaming service
Staff Remember the complexity of the task they do The most valuable resource Spend time recruiting the right people Give them freedom to act Help move on those for whom its not working Support,nurture,develop and enthuse
Structure CONSULTANT SOCIAL WORKER CHILDRENS PRACTITIONER UNIT CO-ORDINATOR FAMILY THERAPIST / CLINICAL PRACTITIONER SOCIAL WORKER
Success ??? More time doing direct work More families helped to stay together Happy staff Money saved LSE evaluation Munro review Forresters research The Book!
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