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.
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.
Bi-Borough SEND Partnership - a Digital Transformation Case Study
Like all frontline services, Special Education Needs and Disabilities or SEND is coming under increased financial pressure, alongside increased awareness and pupil population. It is something that will result in nearly a billion pounds of the deficit by 2021/22. It is a problem and one that the country’s first Bi-Borough partnership for SEND has sought to solve through the implementation of technology. Vik Verma, One SEND Project Director and Deborah Brooks, One SEND Culture and Change Lead explain more.
Free software, ECLIPSE Lite, launched in the light of Covid-19 to co-ordinate Community Hubs across the country
OLM has launched ECLIPSE Lite, a bespoke software solution, available free of charge to local authorities. It is designed specifically to coordinate the responses of each Community Hub across the United Kingdom, to ensure that multiple organisations can effectively coordinate their approaches to the current pandemic.
Supporting our customers
Covid-19 is here and it is putting a huge strain on the health and social care system, in not only the United Kingdom but the world is a whole. It is an unprecedented situation and one in which we, as a collective applaud those on the frontline and pray for a swift end to the number of infections. We are in a battle and one in which we rely on each other to keep services going to support health and social care staff on the frontline.
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.