Presentation on theme: "Every Child Matters: Change for Children Building a world-class workforce for children and young people David N Jones Children’s Services Improvement."— Presentation transcript:
1 Every Child Matters: Change for Children Building a world-class workforce for children and young peopleDavid N JonesChildren’s Services Improvement Adviser [Policy]
2 Every Child Matters: Change for Children Programme Green Paper and Next Steps proposed whole system reform of children’s services with the child at the centre.Vision:IImproved outcomes for children and young peopleFocus on opportunities for all and narrowing gapsSupport for parents, carers and familiesShift to prevention, early identification and interventionIntegrated and personalised services
3 Children’s workforce strategy A world-class children’s 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; andparents, carers, children and young people trust and respect.Comprehensive – the whole children’s workforceCrucial to delivery of outcomes for children and young peopleConsultative – propositions for debateShared approach – national and local actionA `living’ strategy – with a Government response to the consultation later this year
4 The Challenges Recruiting more people into the children’s workforce Developing and retaining more people within the children’s workforceStrengthening inter-agency and multi-disciplinary working and workforce re-modellingPromoting stronger leadership, management and supervisionWhy have a workforce strategy?Because:the capacity and quality of people who plan, manage and deliver front-line services is critical to achieving better outcomeswe need to ensure that people working with children and young people have the knowledge, skills and competence they needwe want professionals and practitioners from different sectors to have coherent career pathways that allow them to progress within and across different sectorswe want professionals and practitioners from different sectors to work better together in multi-disciplinary teamswe want professionals and practitioners from different sectors to share an increasingly common language and understandingwe want to professionals and practitioners from different sectors to focus on early identification and prevention and strengthen protection for vulnerable children and young people.
5 ResponsesWidespread 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 sharedValue groundedTask focusedSelf confident – own role and contributionReceptive – ask, listen, learnRespectful – re-evaluate & changeUser centred – consult and reflect
7 Releasing the potential of People need PeopleReleasing the potential ofpeople working insocial servicesDavid N Jones
8 Good Relationships Consistency and Fairness Acceptance and Respect Integrity and HonestyReliability and TrustworthinessEmpathy and Understanding
10 Next steps: two principles Service reform firstHelp 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 workforceOptions for Excellence: improve quality of social work practice; increase supply of qualified social workers; and develop wider social care workforceChampioning Children: shared set of skills, knowledge and behaviours for those leading multi-agency settings
12 Core propositions 2Strengthening multi-agency working: Lead Professional role; and improved common processes like IS and CAFLocal workforce strategies to support delivery of CYYPsChildren’s Workforce Development Council and Children’s Workforce NetworkPartnership to explore big workforce issues that could inhibit service reform, such as pay and conditions
13 Collaboration Within and between children’s 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 nursesWith children’s trusts and commissioning a patient-led NHS and schools as independent institutionsWho plans?Who pays?Who employs?Who supervises?