Developing Models of Social Work Project

The objective of this piece of work is to share and develop new models of social care practice that fit the times. Authorities are questioning their models of social care practice. Some are seeking to integrate early help and social care and would value some collective thinking about how these services are delivered in this new context. Some large LAs have been spending significant amounts to deliver major systems changes. We will investigate the options for shared learning and other collaborative approaches to support new models of practice.

The first stage of this work, collating information about models of practice that are being used across the region, has been completed giving us an overview of models that are currently in use and a summary of areas of commonality and challenges.  This document can be downloaded from the 'Tools' box opposite. Planning for the conference, to be held on Monday 8 June 2020 at the Arora Hotel Gatwick, is well underway.

The conference will share an overview of models of social care practice that are currently in use across the South East Region, including Family Safeguarding Model, Signs of Safety, Restorative Practice and Bespoke Models developed by Brighton & Hove, East Sussex and Hampshire. We will look at what works and why, as well as the challenges, and share ideas about how to overcome them, with an opportunity to look at the models in more depth in workshops.

This project is sponsored by Nikki Edwards, DCS Bracknell Forest.

Key Documents

The full project brief outlining the scope of the project and what it intends to deliver can be found here.

SESLIP Models of Social Work Practice Reference Group Meeting Notes 19th February 2020 can be found here.


The Models of Social Work Conference, originally planned for 8th June, Arora Hotel, Gatwick, has been postponed. As yet no new date has been set.

We will contact those who reserved places for the original date when we are in a position to restart conference planning.


Contact Details

Developing Quality Assurance Capacity and Developing Models of Social Work Projects: Diane Williamson
07970 328049