The South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership (SYTP) held a workshop on the 21st September, the purpose of which was to reflect on our achievements so far as a partnership, and to plan ahead for the next phase of Teaching Partnership delivery. The event was well attended, with 47 representatives from across all the SYTP partner local authorities, plus The University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and the Department for Education. The event opened with a series of keynote presentations to outline our journey so far – including a welcome speech from Paul Moffatt, Chief Executive of Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, and a presentation from Professor Kate Morris (University of Sheffield).
A series of workshops were then held, in which groups were tasked to look at future plans and developments across 4 key areas: practice education; academic delivery and CPD; research and evidence-informed practice; and retention and succession planning. The workshop facilitators were asked to focus the discussions on sustainability and on developing new and innovative ideas to help address service challenges. Feedback from the workshops and the group discussions will now be used to develop an action plan, which will inform our planning for the next phase of the Teaching Partnership delivery.
The feedback from participants following the event was very positive, with the majority finding it ‘useful’ or ‘very useful’, and with many asking for the workshop to become an annual event. Please see [upload summary report] for a summary of the event. A full post-event evaluation report and action plan is also available on request from Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org
SYTP staff presented a poster at the University of Sheffield’s recent Engaged Learning Conference. The poster, created by Jane Laing (University of Sheffield), Jess McEwen (SYTP) and Fiona Addison (Sheffield City Council), outlines SYTP’s approach to working collaboratively in order to enhance the quality of the SYTP’s qualifying social work programme. The poster is available to download here: Bridge over Troubled Water
Children matter… It’s a simple statement, but it’s what unites everyone in children’s social work.
Under the banner Children’s Social Work Matters, all 14 local authorities and one Trust in Yorkshire and The Humber are working together by sharing knowledge and experience in a collaborative way to drive standards of care higher and ensure children feel safe – a cause completely aligned with that of the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership.
Children’s Social Work Matters is about helping to promote and recognise the good work and dedication of our children’s social work teams and to help enable and facilitate collaboration across the region.
To this end, www.childrenssocialworkmatters.org promotes the work and benefits of childrens social work and how to get into the profession in Yorkshire and Humber. This includes all the latest job opportunities across the region and up-to-date news from across the UK on social work matters.
To support collaborative working Childrens Social Work Matters offers social work professionals, students and academics access to Our Children’s Social Work Mattershttps://our.childrenssocialworkmatters.org – a private and secure online platform providing a range of very useful features that enable interaction and sharing of information and experiences across the region.
Also accessible at your fingertips via a mobile phone app, the key features include:
The latest, real-time, social work news from around the UK and region
An events calendar, which as well as being abele to publicise your events can also be used to offer and manage bookings
The facility to have private online discussions with colleagues via the ‘Team Room’
The facility to log and store CPD activities with reporting and HCPC audit submission functionality
Access to, participate in or watch, topical webinars hosted by CSWM from social work practitioners, service users, academics and policy makers
Best practice and other resources via the Knowledge and local authority sections
Sam Clayton, Principal Child and Family Social Worker for Lincolnshire County Council, has recently published a blog post for Research in Practice about reflective supervision.
Sam talks about her experience of working with Research in Practice on a Change Project, the focus of which was to gather evidence and draw together best practice in order to formulate and test a pack of resources for the sector to use to support good reflective supervision