SCIE Annual Review 2009-10
Protecting our children
We've brought about changes locally as a consequence of looking at the work produced by SCIE. [There] has been development work with frontline managers using the SCIE toolkitsDirector of children's services, England
Safeguarding children is a constant priority for social care services and a continued public concern. SCIE has kept up momentum on our work in this area over the past year.
The SCIE ‘systems' model for serious case reviews, which looks not just at what happened, but at 'why' certain decisions were taken by workers, has been welcomed by families' and children's services. 2010 saw regional pilots of this approach rolled out in the North West and the German Youth Institute (DJI) twice invited SCIE to present on the model. We will continue to develop this work in line with the findings of the Munro review in the coming year.
Our work on parental mental health and child welfare has also continued to be a focus. SCIE experts have spoken on this topic at a number of events throughout the year and we have launched a specific At a glance briefing for senior managers on how they can implement the guidance in their services. We are conducting pilots of our parental mental health and residential care work in Northern Ireland. In addition, a series of films on different aspects of parental mental health are available on Social Care TV.
Early intervention and prevention are crucial elements of safeguarding vulnerable children, as is supporting transition from children's to adults' services. The Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children's and Young People's Services (C4EO) has produced reports on early intervention, knowledge reviews on three priority areas for vulnerable children and research reviews for their Schools and Communities, Youth and Families, Parents and Carers themes this year. As part of the C4EO consortium, SCIE has also led the development of audience-specific e-learning resources on Early Years, Child Poverty and Safeguarding. In other partnership work, SCIE launched joint guidelines with NICE on promoting quality of life for looked-after children, which emphasises the need to listen to children and young people, to put them at the heart of decision making, and to support them in exploring their personal story.
Cait, a young carer, on the impact of SCIE's 'Think child, think parent, think family' guidance Open
This film is about 18 year old Cait who has been caring for her Mum since she was 7 years old. The film explores the importance of involving and assessing the needs of all family members from the outset. It describes Cait's own experience of getting the support she needed and how agencies in Liverpool are working together to improve services to parents with mental health problems and their children.
Related links Open
- SCIE Report 19, Guide 24 and At a glance 01: Learning together to safeguard children
- SCIE guide 30: Think child, think parent, think family: Parental mental health and child welfare
- At a glance 09: Think child, think parent, think family: Parental mental health and child welfare
- Parental mental health films on Social Care TV
- NICE/SCIE guidance on promoting quality of life for looked after children
- Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People's Services (C4EO)