Liverpool, England, 22 October, 2008 – Councils struggling to work out their best response to the call for new working methods to improve care for looked after children may benefit from a limited offer of free consultation being offered by consultancy CPEA.
The group, in partnership with Young Consulting (Health & Social Care) Ltd, Potential Solutions and New Directions Consulting, is offering to spend a day with any team of social workers responsible for looked after children – from any local authority in England or Wales – in order to assess the way they work. CPEA will then feed back a summary of key points, focussing on what works well and what doesn’t, in terms of the current system’s ability to allow individuals to perform. Councils are invited to talk to CPEA without entering into any commitments on how this free consultation exercise could be beneficial.
“The necessary improvements for the provision of looked after children can be made with or without a process of externalisation, provided whoever is managing the services can mobilise the creativity, intelligence and energy of relevant staff,” thinks CPEA Director Vic Citarella. “Bureaucracy can't be eliminated and neither can targets, but both can be made simpler to deal with. The people providing the services are the best placed to make them better.”
The new (limited offer) consulting service may be particularly useful to councils assessing their best response to the recent Green Paper (Care Matters, 2006) and suggestions of new ways of working like SWPs (Social Work Practices) that are proving controversial.
There is a consensus that local authority services for looked after children can't remain as they are, but many local authorities remain unsure if SWPs are in fact the best way forward.
Notes to Editor:
CPEA is a flourishing and dynamic consultancy, working with clients in the children's and adult services, social and health care delivery sectors to commission and manage projects. Its work embraces the management of organisational and cultural change through to turnaround intervention in areas of greatest need. Its philosophy is to match client's need with appropriate resources to improve delivery across many areas of public life – from children's services to healthcare, lifelong learning to social care services. www.cpea.co.uk
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