Webinar recording: A radical new approach to children's social care
This webinar, hosted by SCIE on 15 January 2020, looked at empowering social workers and placing relationships at the heart of children's practice. Learn about how a change in ethos and structure of a local authority could increase the time social workers spend with families by up to 60 per cent.
Buurtzorg is a Dutch home care provider that has developed high degrees of autonomy to self-managed teams of nurses. After a group of children's social workers and system leaders saw Buurtzorg, they asked: what would a local authority look like if it were to enable and empower social workers to do their best work with children and families?
Covered in this webinar:
- An explanation of how decision-making, accountability, reporting and supervision would work in the blueprint
- How you could become involved
- How you could apply some of the ideas to your own practice and organisation
- Lived experience about social work issues around managerial oversight and excessive bureaucracy
- The views of a local authority
- Implications for the wider children’s social care system (e.g. DfE, Ofsted).
The webinar was led by:
- Dean Lawrence - Head of Service - Children in Need, Warrington Borough Council
- Jerome Harvey-Agyei - Senior children and youth participation officer & Founder of Tope Project
- Michaela Berry - Practice Supervisor
- Dan Comach - Team Manager
- Katie Rose - Programme Manager, Centre for Public Impact
- Ryan Wise - Practice Development Manager, SCIE.