WillisPalmer launches Remote Assessment Service

WillisPalmer have launched a Remote Assessment Service to deliver social work assessments safely during COVID pandemic.

Read more
Make an Enquiry
Contact Us

Inquiry into children's workforce launched

An inquiry into children's social care workforce has been launched by the Education Committee.

The committee of MPs, chaired by Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, will examine what is needed from social work and what social workers need to ensure that children are adequately protected and supported.

Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Committee, said: "Children, young people and their families receive vital support from social workers. Yet children and their families in receipt of social work support are often those who have the worst outcomes.
For example, 14% of looked after children get five good GCSEs, 39% of care leavers are NEET [not in education, employment or training], and one in four women who had a child removed through the family courts is likely to go back to court to have another child removed.

"Reports suggest that children are under increasing pressures as they grow up, facing up to a rise in mental health problems, a rise in knife crime and serious violence, and experiencing a range of challenges in areas such as social media use. We want to explore what social work looks like in 2019 and examine the skills and support that social workers need to keep children and young people safe from harm and to help them grow up to thrive as adults," he added.

The Committee will look at:

- Issues around the capacity of social workers to intervene early to provide support,

- How effectively social workers can access professional development and support,

- How initiatives and reforms to social work training have impacted on the workforce,

- How far social workers are supported to uphold their responsibilities under relevant legislation.

This inquiry, which will build on the committee's previous work on fostering, alternative provision and special educational needs, is likely to pick up on concerns about the impact of time-pressures on social care work, with increasing reports of time not being available to enable social workers to do their work effectively.

It is also likely to focus on issues including the impact of high turnover of staff in some social care departments across the country.

The Committee is inviting written submissions addressing the following questions:

The capacity and ability of social workers to:

- Intervene early to help, support and protect children and their families

- Uphold their responsibilities under relevant legislation

- Access appropriate and meaningful professional development and support; and

- Work with other professionals who play a role in the care of children within the education and health systems

In addition, it is seeking responses on how initiatives and reforms to social work training have impacted on the social work workforce.

"We want all children to have the very best start in life, and social workers play vital roles in keeping families together, children and young people safe and providing much needed support," Robert Halfon concluded.

The deadline for written evidence submissions is Friday 30 August. Send a written submission to the Children’s social care workforce inquiry.

Knowledge & Resources

Keep abreast of the latest news in the children's services sector.

More court days for family cases this year despite restrictions

26/11/2020

There have been more court sitting days taking place on family cases this year than in any previous year, despite the lockdown, the president of the family courts division has said.

In his ‘View from the Chambers,’ Andrew McFarlane said this level of activity is necessary as it is not possible to conduct as many cases [...]

Read Full Story

Half of Youth Offending Services require improvement

25/11/2020

Improvements are required in more than half of the Youth Offending Services inspected this year, according to the HM Inspectorate of Probation.

Of the 16 Youth Offending Services inspected, eight required improvement while one, Cardiff, was rated inadequate.

Chief Inspector Justin Russell said: “It is disappointing that the overall quality of the youth offending services we have [...]

Read Full Story

Highest number of children’s homes registered could be in response to COVID

25/11/2020

The highest number of children’s homes were registered by Ofsted between April and August, potentially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ofsted registered 176 new children’s homes between 1 April and 31 August, the highest number recorded in that period. This follows a continued increase in registrations year on year since at least 2015 and a [...]

Read Full Story
Children First is an online resource for professionals working with children presented by WillisPalmer, providing you with the latest news, features and interviews.
Subscribe Today
Delivering a diverse, reliable range of services to children and their families across the UK
D1, Parkside, Knowledge Gateway, Nesfield Road, Colchester, Essex CO4 3ZL
Contact Us
closechevron-downbars linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram