This years graduation ceremony was attended by South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership members – Helen Wilsdon – Sheffield Adult Principal Social Worker ; Carol Sibley – Rotherham Children’s Principal Social Worker and Victoria Horsefield – Sheffield Children’s Safeguarding and Quality Assurance Assistant Director alongside Sheffield Hallam lecturers.
We have recently commissioned and contracted with an independent organisation called Interface Enterprises https://www.interfaceenterprises.co.uk/ to undertake an evaluation of the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership as this is a requirement of the DfE/DH.
Interface will meet up with a range of stakeholders either in focus groups – with representatives from each local authority hopefully attending, or with individuals. We are in the process of arranging these groups and they will take place between November 2018 and February 2018. Groups include:
• Practice Educators
• Placement Leads
• Social workers who have been on CPD/ASYAM courses
• Strategy Board
• Children’s Practice Development Group
• Adult’s Practice Development Group
• Sheffield Hallam University students and University of Sheffield students
• Key individuals – either face to face meetings or over the phone.
The evaluation will look at the outcomes and impact arising from the partnership’s activity, and identify what has worked well/hasn’t worked well. The evaluation report will be circulated to all SYTP stakeholders and will make recommendations for the future sustainability of the Partnership. The report will be presented at the March 2019 Strategy Board.
SYTP Awards – winners announced
The South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership awards are about recognising and rewarding the contributions of our social workers and managers, and the impact that they have on the lives of children, young people, families and vulnerable adults.
Winners were announced at the SYTP Celebration and Innovation event on 24th September 2018, which was held at Sheffield Town Hall.
|Social Worker of the Year||Joanne Hacking (Rotherham MBC)||Kelly Bestford (Sheffield City Council)|
|Practice Educator of the Year||Lauren Hill (Doncaster CST)||Fiona Ross (Sheffield City Council)|
|Team Manager of the Year||Gillian Hallas (Sheffield City Council)||Rachel Townsley (Rotherham MBC)|
|Newly Qualified Social Worker of the Year||Megan Robinson (Barnsley MBC)||Jay Barker (Sheffield City Council)|
|Social Work Student of the Year||Holly McIntosh (Sheffield Hallam University)||Ester Melnikov (University of Sheffield)|
If you have any further questions about the SYTP awards, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A free one day conference from Your Family Your Voice Alliance
29th October 2018, St Mary’s Church and Conference Centre, Bramall Lane, Sheffield
The number of children in the care system is at the highest level since 1985. There is a common agreement across the social care and family justice sector that the system is in crisis. This conference will explore ways that families can be central to safely addressing this and achieving a fairer, more just child welfare system.
For further details and to book your place, please see http://www.frg.org.uk/training-and-events/events/a-your-family-your-voice-alliance-conference-tackling-the-care-crisis-families-driving-reform
Sexual abuse in the family – Rethinking disclosure and applying research and theory to practice.
19th November 2018 13:00 to 17:00
Town Hall, Reception Room A, Pinstone Street, Sheffield
Delivered by Anna Glinski from the National Centre of Excellence on CSA .
Current research indicates that children who are sexually abused are most likely to have been abused by someone within the family environment, but it is often a challenge to know what the best approach is when you suspect sexual abuse is happening. Drawing on research, theory and practice experience, this workshop will consider the areas we can explore in our work with families to support a more robust, proactive and protective response.
– What are the obstacles we face in our practice?
– Taking a ‘whole family’ approach to assessing and intervening with families – addressing family strengths and vulnerabilities to reduce risk
– Broadening our understanding of children’s disclosures and our roles within the disclosure process
How do I book?
There are 120 places across the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership
The Sheffield Hallam University Social Work Practice Educator Conference is now an established annual event. This year’s conference brought together over 160 Practice Educators. Keynote presentations and workshops were planned in response to feedback from past conference delegates that identified areas of focus for professional education and practise.
The first part of the 2018 conference included four keynote presentations:
Mark Doel, Emeritus Professor of Social Work at Sheffield Hallam University, considered professional social work identity and storytelling through Social Work in 42 Objects;
Pete Nelson, Principal Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, presented findings from recent research which considered whether child obesity is a child protection issue;
Suzannah Rockett and Wendy Zayne, Practice Development Manager and Child Protection Conference Chair at Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, reminded participants of the importance of safeguarding in professional Social Work practise;
Steve Chu, Chief Executive at Age UK Sheffield, promoted the contribution of social work to third sector organisations.
During the second part of the 2018 conference, workshops provided Practice Educators with opportunities to meet researchers who shared their work and facilitated discussion about specific aspects of supporting the practise education of students.
Dr Marelize Joubert (Sheffield Hallam University) led the workshop on Social Work students’ perception of their readiness for practice and to practise.
Chrissie Edmonds (Sheffield Hallam University)’s workshop focused on direct observation and its vital role for the practice educator.
Throughout the day, participants were encouraged to network with fellow Social Work professionals from across the sectors, sharing everyday experiences and debating common challenges faced and how these are being met by Social Workers.
Feedback from the day:
“I found it beneficial to hear the guest speakers, attend the workshop (although I would have liked to do both!) and also found it useful to hear and learn from the experiences of other practice educators”.
“Enjoyed the good mix of key note speakers and the workshop topics were particularly relevant to Practice Education “.
“I really enjoyed the conference and benefitted from attending“.
Exploring the What? Why? And How? Of Social Work Theory and Practice
Thursday October 25th 10 – 4, Reception Room B, Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield
by Kirwin Maclean Associates
We would like to invite all Practice Educators within the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership (Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster and Lincolnshire, Sheffield Hallam University and University of Sheffield) to a one-day workshop to be run by Kirwin Maclean Associates. Details of their work can be found here: http://www.kirwinmaclean.com/
Refreshments will be provided but not lunch.
If you would like to attend, please could you register online using the Eventbrite link below.
Book your place early – there are 120 places available across the Teaching Partnership.
An award ceremony was held on the 23rd April to celebrate the achievements of practitioners and managers who have successfully completed our CPD modules and courses.
SYTP certificates of achievement were presented for the following modules/courses:
- Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (HEI accreditation, 15 credits)
- Developing Professional Practice and Safeguarding (30 credit module)
- Introduction to Leadership and Mentoring (30 credit module)
- Interventions to promote change (15 credit module)
- Out of Home Care (15 credit module)
- Parenting Capacity (15 credit module)
- Practice Learning Educator Stage 1 (15 credit module)
University of Sheffield certificates were also presented by the university’s Management School to those who have successfully the Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management (60 credits)
If you are interested in finding out more about our current CPD opportunities, please see http://www.southyorkshireteachingpartnership.co.uk/advanced-practitioner-framework/
As from April 2018 Sheffield Hallam University has joined the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership as our second university partner.
Hallam’s BA (Hons) Social Work Degree will be offered under the Teaching Partnership . They will also be delivering Continuous Professional Development modules to Adult Social Workers.
Chandi Patel (Head of Department) stated “he was delighted that Sheffield Hallam University has joined the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership”, he hoped that they “would play a full role in helping to develop social work education in the region”
Dave Johnson (Teaching Partnership lead) commented “we are committed to joining the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership and passionately hope that we can contribute to the development of our profession in our region”.
My name is Liz Howard and I am currently employed by Sheffield City Council as a Practice Development Manager with responsibility for promoting and maintaining high standards of practice and compliance with the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.
I have recently studied for and achieved, a PG Cert in Leadership and Management in Social Work, through the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership. Shortly after completing the leadership and management course, I became aware of a secondment opportunity with Social Work England. Having read through the job specification I was excited to hear that Social Work England would have a base in Sheffield and that they were looking for an experienced Adult Social Worker . I felt immediately that this was an opportunity not to be missed and sought the support of my manager and colleagues in expressing an interest in the role. Following an informal meeting at the end of January 2018 I was told I had been successful. Yesssss! . The role is initially for 6 months with the option for a further 6 month extension and with scope to join Social Work England as a secondee, as the new regulator is established.
The Children and Social Work Act 2017 establishes Social Work England as the new, specialist regulator for social workers in England. It is a body independent from government responsible for setting professional education and training standards for social workers and providing assurance that those registered meet the standards, are qualified and remain fit to practise. I will be joining this high profile national programme of work at a key moment in its development.
The primary objective of the new regulator will be protection of the public. Establishing Social Work England is a key part of achieving the Government’s vision to improve both the quality of social work practice, and the systems that support social workers.
In this role I will provide line of sight to frontline practice, providing both challenge and support as well an inputting social work knowledge and experience into strategy and operational development, support and promote engagement with the sector including facilitating consultation with social workers, people with support needs, employers and training providers on proposals for professional standards of conduct, CPD standards and approach, and training and education standards for the training of social workers.
I’m looking forward to getting started and to be part of this new and exciting chapter for social work.