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July 24, 2018

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...

July 17, 2018

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...

July 11, 2018

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 comme...

May 29, 2018

Practice Briefing Notes 32 - Legal Services Escalation Process

Dear Colleagues,

See attached Practice Briefing Note 32, detailing the Escalation process between Legal Services and Children’s Services in respect of making applications for Special Guardianships, Dischargin...

May 25, 2018

Practice Briefing Notes 30 - Childcare Plus Services and Information

Dear Colleagues,

See attached Practice Briefing Note 31, detailing information about the Childcare Plus Scheme.

Please make yourself familiar with the Childcare Plus project which is delivered by the Chi...

May 21, 2018

NSPCC Update – April 2018

Children in care

Ofsted has published a report looking at what children and young people told them about their experiences of living in children’s homes or living with foster carers in England. Findings from questionnaire responses from 1,527 ch...

April 3, 2018

Practice Briefing Note 30 - Recording Child's Status of 'No Recourse to Public Funds'

Dear Colleagues,

It is now a requirement that we record 'NRPF' status where applicable.

This is detailed in Practice Briefing Note 30.  Click below link for further details and quic...

March 20, 2018

..and check out who was nominated and the winners of our prestigious celebrating practice awards early on this year

On World Social Work Day we have taken the opportunity to ask our Children's Services social workers to tell us how they have made a difference to childre...

March 19, 2018

Latest briefings on participation of young people in their looked after reviews & emotional resilience....

Dear Colleagues

As Dudley Council are now part of the West Midlands Teaching Partnership we have access to latest Research Briefings please take the time to read an...

March 14, 2018

More than 70 courses are being run almost 300 times

Staff are invited to check out and book our brand new training programme:

•We have listened to requests from staff, consulted with service areas and used learning from audits to create a dynamic and effective training p...