SECTOR LED IMPROVEMENT IN THE WEST MIDLANDS

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Sector Led Improvement - latest regional developments
Gail Quinton, Director of Children’s Services, Worcestershire CC and Claire Burgess, Sector Led Improvement Manager

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  • Development of the WM SLI Steering Group and Compact agreementWithin children’s services no longer any centralised funding – down to the region to support itself. All nine regions still have SLI programmes in different forms. We have continued with the CIB – who is represented on it from across the sector.Providing challenge and support to each other with the aim of improving the overall performance of the region - strengthening our capacity and ability to meet the challenges ahead which can impact on quality and performance – reduced budgets, increased need, new regulatory regime etc.
  • Regional data pack to support challenge and performance management links to work plan of strategic performance group and regional benchmarking toolsAll 14 LAs attended an event where they challenged each other’s self-assessments, identified areas for sector support and gave emerging priorities for next year’s planning and delivery – developing a culture of increasing transparency and peer support and challenge – will repeat annuallyAuditing the auditors – 6 LAs involved –first challenge to take place in December and sheduled for remainder of year. 20 Peer challengers identified – seeing it as a personal and organisational development opportunityLCBSs – analysis of annual reports across the 14 Boards with a workshop in March 2014 to share learning and areas for improvement going forward.Identification of areas if strength and areas for development across all councilsAuditing the auditors – 6 LAs signed up first peer challenge 2nd DecemberLSCBs analysis of annual reports
  • Supporting priorities for ADCS and CXs – workforce development eg building up coaching and mentoring opportunities, development of team managers, supporting improvement and development of frontline practice, recruitment and retention of social workers
  • SECTOR LED IMPROVEMENT IN THE WEST MIDLANDS

    1. 1. ADCS CONFERENCE 20TH NOVEMBER SECTOR LED IMPROVEMENT IN THE WEST MIDLANDS Gail Quinton SLI DCS Lead Worcestershire County Council “People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy.” Oliver Goldsmith
    2. 2. Regional Context • Recognition of the importance of sector led improvement • Not just a children’s issue - strengthening links between the corporate, adults and children’s services programmes across the region – State of the Region annual report – SLI Regional Steering Group • Building on the legacy of the DfE Children’s Improvement programme - WM CIB • A clear focus on improving performance at individual authority and regional level. “Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we're all in this together." Brene Brown
    3. 3. What we have been doing Developed a systematic and cyclical model with 2 key priorities: 1. Understanding ourselves & being challenged • Development of regional data pack • Peer challenge of all 14 LA self-assessments • Identification of areas of strong performance and areas for improvement in individual councils and across the region • Auditing the Auditors project • LSCB annual reports diagnostic to inform improvement support for 2014/15 “Know yourself to improve yourself.” Auguste Comte
    4. 4. What we have been doing (2) 2. Enabling and supporting improvement • Workshops for lead members and scrutiny chairs • Bespoke support for individual authorities in the region early sector support and authorities in intervention • Supporting regional ADCS and CX priorities “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” Henry Ford
    5. 5. “When we get together and rehearse, which is always living with each other, we always talk about what would make it better, what would mean more, what would say more. So we're always improving and growing.” Alice Cooper

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