WWCSC Talks

WWCSC Talks

By What Works For Children's Social Care
The What Works for Children’s Social Care podcast brings you the latest on evidence-based practice to improve outcomes for children, young people and families. In each episode we’ll be discussing different interventions, what the evidence says about their effectiveness, and what this means for people working with and for children and young people who have a social worker.
We’ll be hearing from academics, senior leaders, social workers and experts by experience.
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How Social Work England is responding to COVID-19 - a conversation with Colum Conway, Social Work England

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The COVID-19 response in North Yorkshire - with Martin Kelly OBE
In this episode of the What Works for Children’s Social Care podcast, Michael Sanders, Chief Executive of What Works for Children’s Social Care, is talking with Martin Kelly, OBE, Assistant Director for Children and Families at North Yorkshire County Council. Martin discusses participating in a virtual inspection of their youth justice service, ensuring their strengths-based, relational approach to practice was maintained, even when face-to-face contact was more difficult, and what the future may hold - a blended approach of in-person and virtual (a pragmatic response in a local authority the size of Luxembourg!). If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for upcoming topics, please get in touch by emailing info@whatworks-csc.org.uk You can also follow us on Twitter @whatworksCSC
18:41
July 10, 2020
Domestic abuse and COVID-19 - in conversation with Jo Silver, SafeLives
Thank you for listening to the What Works for Children’s Social Care podcast - COVID-19 special. In this episode Michael Sanders, Chief Executive of What Works for Children’s Social Care talks to Jo Silver, Director of Quality and Innovation at SafeLives, the UK-wide charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse, for everyone and for good. Michael and Jo discuss how SafeLives utilised their networks to ensure the voices of victims and survivors of domestic abuse were heard and that their needs were understood; creative ways domestic abuse organisations have been keeping children and families safe; and the difficulties of supporting children and young people who are experiencing domestic abuse. You can find out more about SafeLives here: https://safelives.org.uk/ @safelives_ Virtual support for professionals is available via the SafeLives Community Platform https://community.safelives.org.uk/default.aspx SafeLives’ COVID-19 resources can be accessed here https://safelives.org.uk/news-views/domestic-abuse-and-covid-19 Participate in the victim/survivor survey here: https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=158461680526 Participate in the frontline domestic abuse service survey here: https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=158472140117 If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for upcoming topics, please get in touch by emailing info@whatworks-csc.org.uk You can also follow us on Twitter @whatworksCSC
33:24
July 3, 2020
How Stockport's Children's Services are responding to COVID-19 - in conversation with Chris McLoughlin
Thank you for listening to the What Works for Children’s Social Care podcast - COVID-19 special. In this episode, Michael Sanders, Chief Executive of What Works for Children’s Social Care, is talking with Chris McLoughlin, Director of Children’s Services at Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council (@chrismcDCS). They discuss how Stockport has reacted to the challenges posed by COVID-19, creating an effective multi-agency response, taking stock of physical and emotional wellbeing, and what it’s like to be a PIP during lockdown. You can find more information about the Social Workers in Schools project that Chris mentions here: https://whatworks-csc.org.uk/research-report/social-workers-in-schools-an-evaluation-of-a-pilot-in-three-local-authorities-in-england/ If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for upcoming topics, please get in touch by emailing info@whatworks-csc.org.uk You can also follow us on Twitter @whatworksCSC
19:02
June 26, 2020
Care Experienced Children in Higher Education
Thank you for listening to the What Works for Children’s Social Care podcast. You can read our report on Care-experienced Young People and Higher Education: https://whatworks-csc.org.uk/research-report/care-experienced-young-people-and-higher-education/ Find out more about our joint call, in partnership with Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education (TASO) for evidence and practice on programmes which aim to increase the progression to, and success in, higher education, of young people who are, or have been, in care: https://taso.org.uk/get-involved/call-for-evidence/ Find out more about TASO and their work: https://taso.org.uk/ Find out more about Become and their work: https://www.becomecharity.org.uk/ Children in care, care leavers, or those supporting them can get help and advice: Freephone 0800 023 2033 or email advice@becomecharity.org.uk https://becomecharity.org.uk/for-young-people/care-advice-line/ If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for upcoming topics, please get in touch by emailing info@whatworks-csc.org.uk You can also follow us on Twitter @whatworksCSC
35:56
June 23, 2020
How Social Work England is responding to COVID-19 - a conversation with Colum Conway, Social Work England
Thank you for listening to the What Works for Children’s Social Care podcast - COVID-19 special. In this episode, Michael Sanders, Chief Executive of What Works for Children’s Social Care, is talking with Colum Conway, Chief Executive of Social Work England. They discuss how Social Work England has transformed to remote working in order to continue to fulfill its duties as a regulator. Colum also discusses how Social Work England is working to strengthen and replenish the workforce to support students, higher education and training providers and ASYE social workers, as well as encouraging former or non-practicing social workers back into the workplace. You can find out more about Social Work England and the work they do here: https://www.socialworkengland.org.uk/ @SocialWorkEng Information and resources relating to COVID-19 can be found here: https://www.socialworkengland.org.uk/coronavirus/ If you are interested in temporarily registering with Social Work England to offer support during this period, you can find more details here https://www.socialworkengland.org.uk/registration/social-workers-with-temporary-registration/ You can find out more about Social Work Together - helping social workers return to practice to support the local response to COVID-19 - here: https://www.jobtrain.co.uk/lga/displayjob.aspx?jobid=936 If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for upcoming topics, please get in touch by emailing info@whatworks-csc.org.uk You can also follow us on Twitter @whatworksCSC
27:48
June 8, 2020
Children and young People In Care During Covid - Lee Mauve Patron of Become
Thank you for listening to the What Works for Children’s Social Care podcast - COVID-19 special. In this episode, Michael Sanders, Chief Executive of What Works for Children’s Social Care, is talking with LeeMauve Patron, Director of Services at Become, the national charity for children in care & young care leavers. They discuss how Become is assisting children and young people in care and young care leavers during this difficult time, as many struggle with the consequences of the lockdown, such as isolation and mental health issues, as well as practical concerns around education and finances. Become is the national charity for children in care and young care leavers. They help children in care and young care leavers believe in themselves and to heal, grow and unleash their potential. They deliver direct support to children and young people and work alongside them, through campaigning and policy work, to make the care system the best it can be. You can find out more about the Become and the work they do here: https://www.becomecharity.org.uk/ @Become1992 Children in care, care leavers, or those supporting them can get help and advice: Freephone 0800 023 2033 or email advice@becomecharity.org.uk https://becomecharity.org.uk/for-young-people/care-advice-line/ If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for upcoming topics, please get in touch by emailing info@whatworks-csc.org.uk You can also follow us on Twitter @whatworksCSC
18:05
May 29, 2020
School Partnerships - Steve Walker Leeds City Council
Thank  you for listening to the What Works for Children’s Social Care podcast - COVID-19 special. In  this episode Dr Michael Sanders, Chief Executive of What Works for Children’s Social Care, was joined by Steve Walker, Director of Strengthening Families, Protecting Children Improvement Programme at Leeds City Council (@SteveWLeeds). Among other things, Michael  and Steve discuss the importance of building strong partnerships with schools, in particular during this time, and the challenge of maintaining practical, professional and emotional support when teams are not physically together. You  can find out more about the Strengthening Families, Protecting Children Programme here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/strengthening-families-protecting-children-sfpc-programme https://whatworks-csc.org.uk/research-project/family-valued-model-trial-evaluation/ Steve  Walker mentions the Social Workers in Schools project. The final report will be available online soon, but you can read the interim findings here: https://whatworks-csc.org.uk/blog/new-project-placing-social-worker-in-schools-shows-early-signs-of-promise/ If  you have any questions, comments or suggestions for upcoming topics, please get in touch by emailing info@whatworks-csc.org.uk You  can also follow us on Twitter @whatworksCSC
24:42
May 20, 2020
Andy Elvin CEO of TACT - Foster Care in the Time of Covid
Thank you for listening to the What Works for Children’s Social Care podcast - COVID-19 special. In this episode Dr Michael Sanders, Chief Executive of What Works for Children’s Social Care, was joined by Andy Elvin, CEO of TACT (@Millinerstale1) You can find out more about the work TACT do here: https://www.tactcare.org.uk/ @TACTCare If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for upcoming topics, please get in touch by emailing info@whatworks-csc.org.uk You can also follow us on Twitter @whatworksCSC
29:54
May 15, 2020
WWCSC Talks - In conversation with Charlotte Ramsden, Strategic Director for People at Salford City Council - COVID-19 Special episode
In this episode Dr Michael Sanders, Chief Executive of What Works for Children’s Social Care, was joined by Charlotte Ramsden, Strategic Director for People at Salford City Council (@charlottehrams1). In the episode, Charlotte discusses the work of Salford Youth Service. You can find out more about the group, and their daily #fighttheboredominsalfordchallenges here: https://twitter.com/wuu2salford https://www.wuu2.info/ You can find out more about the Salford Foundation and their Digital Buddies programme here: https://www.salfordfoundation.org.uk/services/young-people/digital-buddies/ If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for upcoming topics, please get in touch by emailing info@whatworks-csc.org.uk You can also follow us on Twitter @whatworksCSC
24:00
May 7, 2020
Devolved Budgets - discussing discretionary spending by social workers in children's social care
Thank you for listening to the What Works for Children’s Social Care podcast. The host for this episode was Dr Michael Sanders, Chief Executive of What Works for Children’s Social Care. Michael was joined by Belinda Christian, Director of Practice at What Works for Children’s Social Care, and David Westlake, Research Fellow at the Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE) at Cardiff University. If you would like to find more about our pilot study looking at Devolved Budgets in three local authorities in England, you can find the reports here: https://whatworks-csc.org.uk/research-report/devolved-budget-an-evaluation-of-pilots-in-three-local-authorities-in-england/ You can hear more from the social workers, young people and researchers involved in the project in this short film: https://youtu.be/PeCw-gnxNPM Michael and David have written blogs exploring the findings and next steps in more detail. You can find them here: https://whatworks-csc.org.uk/blog/autonomy-and-prudence-the-findings-from-our-devolved-budgets-pilot/ https://whatworks-csc.org.uk/blog/providing-social-workers-with-discretionary-budgets-resulted-in-creative-solutions-to-help-children-young-people-and-families-new-study-finds/ If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for upcoming topics, please get in touch by emailing info@whatworks-csc.org.uk You can also follow us on Twitter @whatworksCSC
29:05
April 30, 2020