CHILDREN'S SOCIAL CARE WORKFORCE PROJECT
This project has been commissioned by the SEADCS as part of the SESLIP and is directed by Rachael Wardell (DCS West Berkshire).
It seeks to:
- investigate new and different ways of staffing to meet the needs of young people
- explore options for making the region attractive
The project contains a number of elements summarized below. Each have a dedicated page on the website should you need more detail.
The useful links on this page will also take you to other websites relevant to work on Children’s Social Care Workforce (CSCW).
A voluntary regional agreement designed to reduce the instability caused by increased social worker turnover and the costs associated with employing excessive numbers of agency staff.
This work gathers examples of good practice and qualitative information from Workstream leads to add to the benchmarking data we already collect. This will be used to help develop the next stages of the Children's Social Care Workforce Project.
We have been approached by the Open University with regard to doing a regional research project which will improve practice. Their particular area of interest is the engagement of the wider children's workforce with the safeguarding agenda.
In March 2015, the Dept of Business, Innovation and Skills gave the Children, Young People and Families Apprenticeship Trailblazer group the go ahead to begin work to look at the standards for 4 key occupational areas.
The Children's Social Care Workforce Project is also consulting the Data Benchmarking Group about possible developments in data collection and benchmarking to inform the project.