We recognise the most important influence in a child’s life is family. Children who grow up with safe, stable and nurturing relationships form stronger friendships, develop greater resilience, achieve more in school and are more likely to build positive relationships throughout their lives.
We are child focussed in our intent but recognise that the most effective way to help and protect children is to work alongside the whole family. Therefore strengthening families is central to our aims as we know that families have greater capacity for change when we work with them as partners. This is part of an evidence based approach known asRestorative Practice.
We aim to embed a culture across our workforce where dignity and respect is the basis for our interventions. Every member of staff will understand the principles of Restorative Practice and its ethos will underpin all of our work and align to the borough vision of ‘Forging a Future for all’.
Practice Briefing Notes 34 - The Progression of the Child Protection Plan Dear Colleagues, See attached Practice Briefing Note 34, outlining clarity around the development of the Child Protection Plan. Please ensure you read and review this Practice Note. Click the below link to access the document. Link to Practice note Thank you in advance for taking note and adhering to the above with immediate effect. Kind Regards Darren Shaw Head of Practice Improvement and Principal So
Dudley Youth Council were invited to take part in an event called TraffickHack18 earlier in the year. This was a hackathon led by young people in Dudley, UK and Kampala, Uganda offering reflection on human trafficking issues. The Hackathon was organised by New Union a not for profit organisation that mixes civic activism, digital design, and community development to develop innovative citizen-led projects for Local Government and the third sector. Their aim is to empower peop
Are you a children’s social worker or manager? Want to be part of a new kind of local authority that actively invests in its staff? We want to hear from you! Dudley is an ambitious local authority and a great place to develop your career. We recognise the importance of investing in our workforce and are committed to giving you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills through our learning and development offer provided by our innovative and highly valued Centre for
We are pleased to announce that the Family Group Conference Service (FGC) is now live. What is a Family Group Conference (FGC)? It’s a family decision making process, facilitated by independent Family Group Conference Convenors, who enable families to make decisions for their own children which address concerns raised by professionals. It is a voluntary process where recommendations can be made for the family to be offered an FGC but their choice in this respected by professi
Young people of all ages across Dudley are getting involved in film, art and music to promote wellbeing, having a creative look at ways to make every day feel better. If you’re aged 16-19 you would be very welcome to join us in central Dudley on Saturday, July 28, 11am-3pm to find out more about the young adults' programme. Professional artists will be showing and sharing some of the activities on offer over the summer and explaining how you can get involved to create Dudley’
Practice Briefing Notes 33 - When to complete a Child and Young Person Assessment (CYPA) Dear Colleagues, See attached Practice Briefing Note 33, outlining the minimum expectation in terms of when to complete a CYPA and the mandatory points which should trigger the commencement of a CYPA. Please ensure you read and review this Practice Note. Click the below link to access the document. Link to Practice note Thank you in advance for taking note and adhering to the above with
SEND Area draft strategy consultation Consultation – How you can help to shape our strategy As part of our wider strategic framework of support for vulnerable children and young people, our multi-agency SEND Improvement Board is seeking views on their draft Dudley area strategy for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). The council is working with partners, stakeholders and local communities to ensure that we collectively deliver on our ambitions
The Children in Care Council (CiCC) recently organised the ‘Voices & Choices’ event for children in care aged 8 -13 that gave them the chance to have their voice heard using creative arts – rap, street dance, graffiti and comedy /storytelling. After a quick game led by the CiCC members it was straight into the workshops to get creative – they were looking at contact with family, what makes a good social worker, understanding more about your past and our most memorable times i