childrens services

Personalisation: What do we Mean?

Wendy Harrington, Professional Development Manager with the Association of Directors of Social Work, speaks about personalisation and community capacity building in Scotland. This talk was delivered at Personalisation and Community Capacity, a joint seminar and workshop by the Perth and Kinross Council and University of Stirling Partnership. It was held at the University of Stirling on 4 December 2009.

Managing contact for children outside of parental care

Podcast of a talk by Robin Sen from the Glasgow School of Social Work on the subject of managing contact for children outside of parental care, and the challenges and possibilities involved.

Interview with Sharon Shoesmith on BBC Woman's Hour 7 February 2009.

This is the first broadcast interview with Sharon Shoesmith, former Director of Haringey Childrens Services, following the death of 'Baby P'. She talks about the case, her department’s failings, her refusal to resign and how she has responded to the vilification.

Sharon Shoesmith. LIsteners' responses to the BBC Woman's Hour interview broadcast on 7 February 2009.

Recording of listeners responses to some of the issues raised in the BBC Woman's Hour interview with Sharon Shoesmith, former Director of Haringey Childrens Services, following the death of 'Baby P'. Broadcast on 9 February, 2009.

Councils adapt ICS to unlock its potential

The authors, from Dorset Council, explain how they are trying to get the best out of the Integrated Children's System despite its limitations. The ICS was intended to enable a single consistent approach to case-based information gathering, case planning, case aggregation and case reviews. As such, the easily generated and clear reports would help social workers collect, organise, analyse and retrieve information.

Report on the use of physical intervention across children's services

Report looking into the current status of physical restraint and its use when dealing with children and young people in public care.

Education of children in need

A study suggesting ways to improve communication between schools and children's services is discussed. The study 'Multi professional communication: making systems work for children' by Georgian Glenny and Caroline Roaf, examined case studies over a seven year period in order to identify the ingredients of successful communication systems.

A professional's place in extended schools

Article which summarises the methods and findings of a study which examined the role of social care professionals in extended schools and children's centres. It was found that the extended school environment can help strengthen multi-agency relationships. The research was conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research.

Scottish good practice guidelines for supporting parents with learning disabilities

Guidance containing information and advice to help social work departments and other agencies support people with learning disabilities who become parents.

Report: issues of consent in relation to Baby K

This Review was commissioned on 21 February 2008 by the then Director of Children’s Services (DCS) for Nottingham City Council, where the High Court found that Nottingham Children’s Services had removed a baby from its mother unlawfully. The document provides a summary of events, review findings and recommendations.