EIP Journal – April 2019

In this edition of the Signs of Safety English Innovations Project (EIP) newsletter local authorities provide detailed and rich information analysing the most recent National Audit Office report on social care, assessing their progress at the three-quarter way point of EIP2, and looking at reframing resistance. And Brent presents on the leadership, organisation and practice that has driven their journey from requiring improvement to being good for children.

Munro, Turnell and Murphy (MTM) publish the Signs of Safety English Innovations Project (EIP) newsletter each quarter after the EIP leaders’ workshop. It reflects the exercises and questions and reflections of local authorities at the workshop.

The EIP journal is a valuable learning resource for all the staff of the participating local authorities as well as their partners and stakeholders, and MTM hopes, more broadly across England as all agencies look to drive continuous improvement in social care.


Safety planning with safety networks focussed on everyday living arrangements

Case management alignment – the forms and processes matching the Signs of Safety practice

Further developing the Signs of Safety QA system and aligning QA with the practice approach


SIXTH QUARTER ACHIEVEMENTS & CHALLENGES

Achievements by Local Authorities

  • Final decision and planning regarding usage of forms in IT system
  • Securing agreement to implement Signs of Safety forms over next 6 months
  • Securing stable and permanent leadership team
  • Starting to share the knowledge of family finding from the 5-day training some went on
  • Lining up forms on the data system – evidencing analysis

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NATIONAL AUDIT OFFICE (NAO) REPORT + STAFF SURVEY

National Audit Office Report 

Pressures on children’s social care

  • 7% rise nationally in referrals 2017-18
  • 77% rise in child protection assessments
  • 26% rise in assessments leading to child protection plan
  • 15% rise 2010-17 numbers taken into care
  • 78% rise 2010-17 over 16s taken into care

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LOCAL AUTHORITY PRESENTATION – BRENT 

Ofsted – SIF October 2015 – Requires Improvement

“When the Signs of Safety approach is used, assessments are mostly good. When it is not used, they lack full information, analysis and a clear focus on children’s wishes and feelings”.

“In the better assessments seen by inspectors, the Signs of Safety (SofS) approach is having a positive impact. In such assessments the child’s voice is strongly evident and their wishes and feelings captured to inform assessments and planning. The introduction and use of the SofS approach has led to professionals across agencies working more effectively with children and families” 

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EIP PROGRESS AND IMPLEMENTATION SUSTAINABILITY

Our Bases – Simplifying Complexity

The map – assessment and analysis

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RESISTANCE IS DEAD?

Recognise that cooperation is possible even where coercion is required
(Turnell and Edwards, 1999. 12 practice principles for creating working relationships) 

What is resistance?

  • Resistance is an odd way of making something clear (there is not such thing as resistance)
  • Resistance is energy
  • “No shine without resistance”

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FAMILY FINDING 2-DAY TRAINING PACKAGE AVAILABLE 

Norfolk have compiled a two-day course from the Family Finding bootcamp materials provided by Kevin Campbell and can share this with others for their internal use, either as is or by adapting it further.  Contact Gen Bouquet genevieve.bouquet@norfolk.gov.uk.


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Most importantly, please have a look at the ERIP Guide document for the leaders’ workshop plan. Think about it and let us know what you think would be most helpful at the next workshop.