Thursday Workshops: 9:15am – 10:15am

TW1. Safeguarding Across Transitions

Location: Exchange 11

Local areas have increasingly sought to innovate in the safeguarding of adolescents, recognising that the harms they face – and their routes to protection – are often ‘contextual’ (i.e. extra-familial) and demand a place-based response. In tandem, as ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’ becomes embedded within local areas, the approach to safeguarding adults has become increasingly person-centred, participative and rights-based. However, there are limited opportunities for adolescent safeguarding to learn from the best of adult safeguarding practice and policy, or vice versa.

Young people continue to report a sense of heightened vulnerability as they transition to adulthood, particularly where they have experienced trauma as teenagers and many young adults do not qualify for a statutory safeguarding response despite their vulnerabilities. We are arguably failing to consistently deliver an effective safeguarding response to young people and young adults that is focused on promoting resilience and can meet their changing developmental needs over time.

This workshop will draw on research and recent learning regarding sexual exploitation, gang-affiliation, criminal exploitation and peer-abuse to argue for innovation in our approach to safeguarding adolescents and young adults, calling for a system which is not only contextual, but is also transitional / developmental and relational.

Main Participants: 

Carlene Firmin, Principal Research Fellow Contextual Safeguarding, The International Centre, University of Bedfordshire

Samantha Keith, Safeguarding Adults Manager, Newcastle City Council

Chair:  Dez Holmes, Director of Research in Practice and Research in Practice for Adults

TW2. (Spotlight) The Role of Performance and Quality Assurance in Creating a Child-Centred Culture for Excellent Social Work to Flourish

Location: Charter 4

Drawing from the recent experiences of Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, the focus of this workshop will be to explore how a joined up approach to performance management and quality assurance activity can deliver significant and sustainable improvements in practice, and help to shape a culture for excellent social work to flourish.

Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on what they consider to be the principles of good performance management and quality assurance within public sector organisations. Examples will be provided of how the principles can be understood throughout the organisation, with clear lines of accountability.  Workshop attendees will also have the opportunity to assess where they are within the organisational ‘Maturity Model’ and thus their ability to deliver continuous improvement.

The notion of how performance management and quality assurance weave their way through all layers of an organisation will be considered with participants, using the “golden thread” concept. We will also discuss and address the challenges of how such a system can engage with front line staff to drive improvement.

The workshop will also explore how the voice of service users can be incorporated into performance and quality assurance systems and influence service design.

Main participants: 

Pauline Turner, Director of Performance, Quality and Innovation, Doncaster Children’s Services Trust

James Thomas, Senior Head of Performance and Improvement, Doncaster Children’s Services Trust

Chair: Pauline Turner, Director of Performance, Quality and Innovation, Doncaster Children’s Services Trust

TW3. Realising the Potential of Early Help for Children and Families

Location: Exchange 8/9/10

This workshop will provide an overview of work by the Early Intervention Foundation and research carried out by Isos Partnership on behalf of the Local Government Association to consider the potential of early help, the current state of play and how this agenda can be taken forward at both local and national level.

As set out in “Bright Futures”, stronger investment in early help is vital to ensure that children and families can access the support they need, when they need it. Effective early intervention is as pertinent as ever, yet the context for this agenda has changed significantly in recent years. Funding pressures mean councils are struggling to maintain early help services whilst facing rising demand and growing concerns about childhood vulnerability.

The Early Intervention Foundation will provide an overview of their work setting out an updated case for early intervention, the latest evidence on what works and proposed next steps for the agenda, both locally and nationally. One urgent next step is to develop a stronger evidence base for what works that extends beyond individual programmes and can provide insight on the wider system factors that support an effective early help offer. Isos will provide initial findings from their current research, commissioned by the LGA, which is generating this much needed evidence about the wider system by exploring the factors that facilitate effective local early help offers including how best to engage partner agencies. The Q&A session will also provide an opportunity to inform Isos Partnership’s research.

Main participants:

Natalie Parish, Isos Partnership

Donna Molloy, Early Intervention Foundation 

Chair: Councillor Roy Perry

TW4. Think Autism

Location: Charter 3

This session will firstly provide an overview of the work underway at national level to implement the cross-government adult autism strategy, ‘Think Autism’, which is aimed at improving outcomes for autistic people, their families and carers. It will highlight the work of five Task and Finish Groups set up to coordinate action in the areas of:

  • Measuring, Understanding and Reporting the needs of people with autism
  • Workforce Development
  • Health, Care and Wellbeing
  • Specific Support
  • Participation in the Local Community.

The second part of the session will provide an example of where the strategy is being successfully realised locally and representatives from the Wigan ‘Autism’ Friends’ Initiative will share their experience and lessons learned to date.

Delegates will then be invited to take part in roundtable discussions to share their own experiences of where the strategy is being successfully realised locally, what the remaining key challenges are and how these are being addressing locally. Delegates will be encouraged to record key messages, which will be collected in by the organisers and will be used to inform forthcoming national work on the implementation of the strategy and its review in 2019.

Main Participants:

David Nuttall, DHSC

Zandrea Stewart, Chair of the TFG5

Daniel Dowd, Wigan Council

Trevor Wright, Self-Advocate

Co-Chairs:  Cllr Jackie Meldrum,  LGA and Moira Wilson, ADASS

TW5. (Spotlight) What Matters to Me: Leading the Change for What People, Not Services, Need 

Location: Charter 2

This workshop will involve three examples which focused building on community assets, individual resilience and changing culture and strategy to enable the workforce to change for the person. The first example of wider system change from Trafford will explore how a change in the nature of the interaction between staff and service sought to improve outcomes, increase resilience and empower people by focusing on what they want to achieve. A nurse led pilot to be rolled out across the South East tested how people were able to maintain their independence at home with a package of domiciliary care, avoiding the need for residential care. The third will outline how the ESTHER Model has been adopted and adapted to enable the workforce to change for the person with health and social care needs in Kent since late 2016. This session will explore the models used and what they have achieved; how challenges such as ownership, roll out at pace and scale have been addressed; and the next steps for the projects.  It will also include case studies and a film on the involvement of and impact on local people, with lots of opportunities for discussion and questions.

Main participants: 

Joy Preston, Strategic Lead for Adult Social Care, Trafford

Dr Robert Stewart, Clinical Design Director, Design and Learning Centre for Clinical and Social Innovation, Kent

Ann Taylor, CEO, Hilton Nursing Partners

Anne Tidmarsh, Director Older People and Physical Disability, Kent

Chair: Sue Bott, Deputy Chief Executive, Disability Rights UK

TW6. Person Centred Digital Innovations in Adult Social Care

Location: Charter 1

Find out how four councils, funded through the Social Care Digital Innovation Programme are listening to people and working alongside them to co-design innovative digital approaches in adult social care.

Discover how:

  • Bracknell Forest Borough Council are listening to residents who may not be able to readily navigate websites to improve their provision of community based information
  • London Borough of Havering are working with carers across social care providers to help address recruitment and retention problems through the development of a skills passport
  • Nottingham City Council are connecting with adults with learning disabilities to develop an outcome focused model for services
  • Wirral Council and Autism Together are engaging with people with autism to look at the role that information and technology can play in helping them to develop their own solutions.

Each council will host an open discussion about their engagement with people during the discovery phase of their project. This will include information about their experiences that are being used to shape digital solutions.

The session will be chaired by an ADASS lead who will also outline the process to apply for funding in 2019. 

We know that digital technology can support people, carers and the workforce. However, it starts by listening to people with lived experiences. The Social Care Digital Innovation Programme is funded by NHS Digital and managed through the LGA. It has funded 31 local councils over the last two years to design and implement digital solutions in adult social care.

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Main Participants:

Lisa McNally, Strategic Director Of Public Health, Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Ben Campbell, Commissioning Programme Manager, London Borough of Havering

Catherine Underwood, Director, Adult Social Care Transformation, Nottingham City Council

Robin Bush, Chief Executive, Autism Together

Chair: James Bullion, ADASS Lead