SCIE media releases 2010

Call for confident and competent workforce: SCIE response to Lord Laming: One year on

18 March 2010

The most effective way of safeguarding children is to ensure we have a confident and competent social care workforce, says Amanda Edwards, deputy chief executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence. Staff must have the skills and authority to work across adults’, families’ and children’s services – and their managers must support them in developing this expertise. For example, SCIE is calling for all services who come into contact with families where the parent has a mental health problem to take a ‘think child, think parent, think family’ approach. We believe that adult mental health services should routinely identify the needs of children of parents with mental health problems, as well as the needs of the adult.

We believe that at a time when services are pressed for resources, this approach can enable organisations to make better use of existing, collective resources, while at the same time delivering better outcomes for families.

SCIE also welcomes the announcement of new research into Serious Case Reviews and what can be done to improve learning across the safeguarding system. SCIE’s Learning together presents a systems’ model of organisational learning that can be used across agencies involved in safeguarding and child protection work, says Amanda Edwards. We are working with a number of authorities who are finding this approach very valuable and we shall share our knowledge with the National Safeguarding Development Unit for their review.

Amanda Edwards, deputy chief executive of SCIE is available for interview on these issues.

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Think child, think parent, think family: a guide to parental mental health and child welfare

SCIE’s Think Child, Think Parent, Think Family guidance, which been officially endorsed by the Department of Children, Schools and Families, sets out practical ways to support children whose parents have mental health problems.


Learning together to safeguard children: a systems model for case reviews

The ‘systems’ model helps identify which factors in the work environment support good practice, and which create unsafe conditions in which poor safeguarding practice is more likely. It support an analysis that goes beyond identify what happened, to explain why it do so – recognising that actions or decisions will usually have seemed sensible at the time they were taken.

It is a collaborative model for case reviews – those directly involved in the case are centrally and actively involved in the analysis and development of recommendations. SCIE has also produced a film for Social Care TV on the topic.