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Respectful and constructive challenge when working with children in care: The role of the Independent Reviewing Officer and Social Worker

Venue
Cooden Beach Hotel, Cooden Sea Road,
venue
Admin Contact
Workforce Development Training Events Team (CWEvents@eastsussex.gov.uk)
Target Audience
Operations Manager / Practice Managers / Social Care (non Social Worker) / Social Workers
target audience
Course Types
Course
Course categories
Children's Services Staff Training / Early Help, Social Care and SEND / Safeguarding
Subject
Social Care / Working with Families
Course description

This one day course, delivered by Research in Practice (RiP), is for Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs) and service managers to consider how practitioners, in particular IROs and social workers, can constructively challenge organisations (and professionals within organisations) in decisions about children in care and their families, in order to improve practice.


 

Training objectives

During the training you will:



  • Consider how practitioners, in particular IROs and social workers, can constructively challenge organisations (and professionals within organisations) in decisions about children in care and their families, in order to improve practice.

  • Revisit current research findings, evidence and recent Ofsted judgements in relation to constructive challenge.

  • Explore the barriers for children to have meaningfully participate in decisions related to their situation.

Learning outcomes

The training will cover:



  • Current context, court judgements, what does research say on role of IRO and ability to challenge? NAIRO recommendations, what do Ofsted say?

  • What is going well and what could be improved in terms of how IROs respectfully and constructively challenge practice in this LA?

  • Inter-agency working, what helps and what hinders? how to influence people and levers of influence

  • Organisational culture - how is organisational culture in this LA, how is challenge taken? Importance of a Just culture and avoiding a blame culture particularly in current context

  • The challenge of challenge- what does the Care Planning Framework and the IRO handbook say in relation to challenge, duty and power to challenge, importance of evidencing challenge,

  • Complaints and working with advocacy services, role of the courts, CAFCASS and challenge, aggregate challenge- role of the IRO annual review

  • Children’s meaningful participation in reviews, challenges of involving CYP meaningfully in decision making- strengths and challenges of your practice and service in terms of involving young people in decision making, theoretical and practical questions in relation to meaningful participation including Ladder of participation, climbing wall, Shier’s framework- what does recent research say about the barriers and enablers of meaningfully involving young people in decision making?

  • What is your experience in terms of the barriers and enablers of meaningful participation?


 

Additional Information

Refreshments are provided but lunch is not.

Enquiries
Start Date
Thursday 5 December 2019
End Date
Thursday 5 December 2019
Closing Date
Wednesday 4 December 2019
Times
09:30 - 16:30
Maximum Places
26 
Cost
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Number of Sessions
1