Development of a post-qualifying module for practice leadership to support strengths-based practice

26 February 2020

SCIE and the University of Birmingham have been commissioned by the West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership to develop a post-qualifying module for practice leadership to support strengths-based practice in both children and families social care and adults social care. The module will be co-produced with leaders from local authorities across the West Midlands and people with lived experience.

The module will support practice leaders to demonstrate the following:

  • Supporting an innovative culture within their teams and wider organisational context that enables a positive attitude to risk, the ability to learn from new approaches and a responsible use of power
  • Encouraging practitioners to feel confident with taking professional autonomy and effective decision- making in order to provide creative and individualised support
  • Encouraging practitioners to embed coproduction and children’s voice in the whole process so adults, children and young people, carers and families are involved in developing, commissioning, delivering and evaluating services
  • Leadership-based on social work values and ethics that inspires staff, the wider organisation and other stakeholders, to achieve excellent strength based practice and promote diversity and equality
  • Design and transformation of systems and direct services through evidence based re-design, implementation, quality assurance and evaluation in partnership with those with lived experience
  • Development of excellent practitioners through reflective and relationship based supervision, coaching, and encouragement of enquiry based professional learning and development.

The module will be available from Autumn 2020. For more information contact Professor Robin Miller r.s.miller@bham.ac.uk or Nimal Jude nimal.jude@scie.org.uk

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