Transforming SEND services across Westminster City Council
Technology is a key enabler of change but without an equivalent transformation, when it comes to service redevelopment, you can fall flat. This is something that Westminster City Council can proudly say, has not happened. A recent Ofsted report has provided glowing reviews of a service that has been carefully crafted to put children and young people first.
Education, Health and Care Plans in 2020
Earlier this month, the Department for Education published its annual snapshot of statistics about Education, Health and Care Plans in England. These are primarily based on information collected in 2019, as the data was collected at the start of the year. They, therefore, paint a pre-Covid-19 picture as to the state of Education Health and Care Plans in England.
How is SEND fairing in a pre-Brexit, post-New Year world?
2020, the year of Brexit, additional funding for the NHS, the continuation of the reign of Boris Johnson and the chance to make a change. How far you cast the net of change will depend on the political goals of the Conservative party. Whilst we hope that the needs of those who need care will be prioritised, we wonder how far this will be extended. With delays leading into the years for those seeking assistance for their children, we look into the government published report on the state of SEND.
Adult Social Care
How different would life have been if Covid-19 happened twenty years ago?
The year 2000 doesn’t seem that long ago, but when you think back isn’t it amazing just how much life has changed in the last 20 years? What would the pandemic have been like 20 years ago?
The changing face of social care
Social care is a frontline service that when researched, can trace its origins back hundreds of years. These go back to reforms designed to make life easier for those in the poorer parts of society. In its modern incarnation, it can trace its origins back to after the second world war, the 1948 National Assistance Act and the birth of the welfare state.
Fast forward more than 70 years...
Sharing best practice
Less than six months ago it would have been unthinkable. With ongoing pleas that proper attention be paid to the worsening social care crisis being left, unanswered, who could have imagined the new Thursday night ritual? Who would have predicted that more than half the nation would embrace a weekly celebration to thank key workers, including all of those providing social care, for the essential work they do on a daily basis?
Children's Social Care
World Social Work Day 2020
We don’t believe that social workers should be celebrated on a particular day of the year. They provide a frontline service and deserve to be celebrated every day of the year, much like all of the other public services such as the NHS, Fire Brigade, Police and even teaching. All of these services work under enormous pressure and deserve our utmost respect. This is especially true at this point in time with the unprecedented challenge that COV-19 poses to the world.
Show some love for Social Workers this Valentine’s Day
Social work is a rewarding career, but at the current time of writing, Valentine’s Day, it is also a stressful one. Whether it is caseloads that would break the back of even the hardiest of Donkeys or it is suffering from abuse, regardless of which, something needs to be done.
Is a new ‘radical approach’ to children’s social care the answer? – Part Two
Earlier this month we looked at the ‘Radical Approach’ for social care that was unveiled at the end of last year and discussed at a webinar in January. We analysed the plans and sought to look at them with a dispassionate eye, as with something that describes itself as radical, you want proof. Something that is intensified given our desire to make a difference to the sector and quest to ensure that any new ideas are thought out and will actually make a change.