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1 Every Child Matters: Change for Children Building a world-class workforce for children and young people David N Jones Childrens Services Improvement Adviser [Policy]

2 I Green Paper and Next Steps proposed whole system reform of childrens services with the child at the centre. Vision: Every Child Matters: Change for Children Programme Improved outcomes for children and young people Focus on opportunities for all and narrowing gaps Support for parents, carers and families Shift to prevention, early identification and intervention Integrated and personalised services

3 Childrens workforce strategy A world-class childrens workforce that: is competent and confident; people aspire to be part of and want to remain in – where they can develop their skills and build satisfying and rewarding careers; and parents, carers, children and young people trust and respect.

4 The Challenges Recruiting more people into the childrens workforce Developing and retaining more people within the childrens workforce Strengthening inter-agency and multi-disciplinary working and workforce re-modelling Promoting stronger leadership, management and supervision

5 Responses Widespread support for the vision and ambition, with some suggestion the we need to enhance the focus on safeguarding; Endorsement of the overall policy direction and the need for mutually supportive national and local actions, with a clear call for on-going Government leadership and drive; Stress on the importance of improving front-line practice and call for better identification and sharing of emerging child-focussed multi-agency practice; Some fairly significant anxieties about the impact differences in pay, terms and conditions are having on recruitment, retention and the creation of multi-agency solutions.

6 Partnership Principles Vision shared Value grounded Task focused Self confident – own role and contribution Receptive – ask, listen, learn Respectful – re-evaluate & change User centred – consult and reflect

7 Joint Reviews of Local Authority Social Services People need People Releasing the potential of people working in social services David N Jones

8 Good Relationships Consistency and Fairness Acceptance and Respect Integrity andHonesty ReliabilityandTrustworthiness Empathyand Understanding

9 E R C A Source: Joint Reviews

10 Next steps: two principles Service reform first Help the rest up to the standard of the best

11 Core propositions An integrated qualifications framework Early Years: professionals; graduate leadership of full day- care settings; and develop wider early years workforce Options for Excellence: improve quality of social work practice; increase supply of qualified social workers; and develop wider social care workforce Championing Children: shared set of skills, knowledge and behaviours for those leading multi-agency settings

12 Core propositions 2 Strengthening multi-agency working: Lead Professional role; and improved common processes like IS and CAF Local workforce strategies to support delivery of CYYPs Childrens Workforce Development Council and Childrens Workforce Network Partnership to explore big workforce issues that could inhibit service reform, such as pay and conditions

13 Collaboration Within and between childrens trusts on: Service reform: sharing and learning from best practice; joint development / commissioning of new roles and services; protocols to maintain standards for children and families moving between services. Workforce reform: planning and recruitment; training, development and relationship with LSC, FE and HE; exchanges, secondments and career development; pay and conditions? Involvement of children and young people. Strategic partnerships with private and voluntary sectors.

14 One thought… How might it work – or not work – in the future? School nurses With childrens trusts and commissioning a patient-led NHS and schools as independent institutions Who plans? Who pays? Who employs? Who supervises?


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