SCIE news and events

  • Enabling local authorities to intervene early to support children and families 24 April 2013Open

    Greater consistency in national policy and creative leadership needed to improve longterm wellbeing of children and families most at risk of developing significant problems A new report from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) indicates that local authorities understand the value of intervening early to support children and families at greatest risk of developing problems.

    Investing in long-term issues such as prevention and early intervention, whilst also funding immediate needs remains a challenge for local authorities. But SCIE's research indicates that the keys to effective early intervention are: providing visionary and creative local leadership; having a clear understanding of children's and families' journey through what can be a complex local system; and multi-professional working at the local level.

    Beth Anderson, Head of Evidence and Guidance at SCIE, speaking about the findings at an Action for Children breakfast seminar today.

  • E-Readiness in the Social Care Sector for SCIE - Ipsos Mori Report 22 April 2013Open

    Two thirds of employers in social care use some form of eLearning, and over half of their staff are using it to improve the service they offer. Those are the key findings in a new Ipsos / MORI survey commissioned by SCIE. The study, published today, also finds that while more traditional methods such as face-to-face or on-the-job training remain widely used, there is an increased share taken by eLearning. ELearning means using information and computer technology (ICT) as the key element in improving care skills and knowledge, which might be using audio, video and interactive technology in training. Mobile technology is particularly important for people like domiciliary workers, whose jobs are "on-the-go".

    Social care is, by its nature, about people and eLearning can support on the job training and the sharing of sharing good practice. The Ipsos / Mori survey results are encouraging, because they provide evidence that more of us are comfortable with learning using ICT and have the necessary access to the internet. We promote e-learning because we all need to challenge the way we work, be innovative and improve the experiences of everyone who uses services, or cares for someone who does.

    SCIE's Director of Corporate Services, Stephen Goulder

  • CQC strategy 2013-2016 – SCIE’s comment 19 April 2013Open

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have announced radical changes to the way they inspect and regulate health and social care services. Here is SCIE’s comment.

    CQC has a critical role to play in providing reassurance for the public that health and care services are safe, effective and caring. We welcome CQC’s new strategy which sets out an ambitious programme that will challenge providers to improve. Of course, as CQC holds up the mirror and highlights where services could be better, we need to make sure that accessible, evidence-based resources are available to support those improvements. This is an important role for SCIE. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with CQC so that we can provide responsive and relevant resources which can help address the issues they raise.

    SCIE’S Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe.

  • New Presidents at ADASS and ADCS 17 April 2013Open

    Welcome to new Presidents of the Associaion of Directors of Adult Social Services and the Association of Directors of Children's Services. Here is SCIE's comment.

    Everyone at SCIE is looking forward to working with Sandie Keene and Andrew Webb as the incoming Presidents of ADASS and ADCS respectively. We know Sandie and Andrew will be tireless advocates for social care, ensuring that improving services, despite the financial challenges, remains a high priority. I would also like to pay tribute to Sarah Pickup and Debbie Jones, the outgoing presidents, and thank them for all their hard work. Sarah and Debbie have been impressive leaders, challenging and supporting us all to address the difficult issues confronting the social care sector.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • Common induction in Northern Ireland 17 April 2013Open

    A new resource provides new care and support workers with a comprehensive overview of what they should know when they start their new careers. All social care workers in Northern Ireland need to complete the six "standards" within three to six months of starting, or changing jobs in the sector and the new resource will help and support them.

    We are so pleased to make this resource available for new social care staff in Northern Ireland. The careers they are entering are rewarding, but can be complex and will involve high levels of responsibility. The six standards are all covered in detail and they will be a great help to new workers, as well as trainers, managers, people who use services and carers. Staff need to do things in the appropriate way, but they also need to have the right knowledge, to treat people well and to have the right approach to working in social care.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

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