National Conference for the IASCW Presentation Athlone

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National Conference for the IASCW Presentation Athlone

  1. 1. Gordon Jeyes National Director of Children & Families e-mail: [email_address] Always Children First
  2. 2. <ul><li>Clarity of expectation </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity of response </li></ul><ul><li>Quality of outcome </li></ul><ul><li>Consistency </li></ul>Always Children First
  3. 3. Values, Behaviours, Relationships <ul><li>A Renewed Professionalism </li></ul>Always Children First
  4. 4. Aim <ul><li>Fundamental change to the structure, delivery and outcomes of service to and for children. </li></ul>Always Children First
  5. 5. Importance of loving Families who set clear boundaries <ul><li>Children </li></ul><ul><li>Who achieve their potential </li></ul><ul><li>Who become full members of society </li></ul><ul><li>Who become effective citizens of a modern democracy </li></ul><ul><li>Who acquire the skills for economic independence </li></ul><ul><li>Who embrace change throughout their lives </li></ul>Always Children First
  6. 6. Articulating a value base for organisational change serves a number of purposes: <ul><li>Creating a workforce with the right skill set, for the task of working with the most difficult to reach families in a complex society. </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing what skill sets to priorities when resources are limited. </li></ul><ul><li>Drawing staff together from disparate roles and isolated working conditions into a common shared understanding. </li></ul><ul><li>A basis on which to build policy and procedure. </li></ul><ul><li>A way of matching applicants to the organisation. They can be selected and can self select according to the value base. </li></ul><ul><li>Providing a practical way to become a ‘safer employer’. </li></ul>Always Children First
  7. 7. <ul><li>Family support – a loving nurturing home environment for each child </li></ul><ul><li>Community support – a positive childhood encouraging participation and promoting sport, culture and arts entitlements </li></ul><ul><li>School/education support – raising achievements for all, ensuring individual children reach their potential arranging additional support for those who require it </li></ul><ul><li>Health support – ensuring children develop string decision making capacity </li></ul>Always Children First
  8. 8. Culture Change <ul><li>Innovations </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity </li></ul>Always Children First
  9. 9. The need for: <ul><li>A commitment to putting the well being and interests of children first. </li></ul><ul><li>Children who are heard in all decisions that affect them and be given the opportunity collectively to influence policy in the change programme and beyond. </li></ul><ul><li>Transparent accountability and clearly articulated levels of responsibility, and </li></ul><ul><li>Increased community engagement and a commitment to deliver inclusive, accessible services. </li></ul>Always Children First
  10. 10. <ul><li>There are no boundary solutions </li></ul><ul><li>The status quo is not an option </li></ul><ul><li>The future is not inevitable </li></ul><ul><li>Life is not a dress rehearsal </li></ul>Always Children First
  11. 11. Our Priorities <ul><li>Cultural Change </li></ul><ul><li>Constitution </li></ul><ul><li>Church </li></ul><ul><li>HSE </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Empowerment </li></ul><ul><li>Public Service/Customer Orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Children First </li></ul>Always Children First
  12. 12. Our Priorities <ul><li>Revise and implement consistent, child protection procedures in line with revised national guidelines Children First. </li></ul>Always Children First
  13. 13. Our Priorities <ul><li>Complete a series of reforms to necessary to provide a comprehensive range of high quality services for children in care </li></ul>Always Children First
  14. 14. Our Priorities <ul><li>Promote effective multidisciplinary shared practice and efficient community engagement </li></ul>Always Children First
  15. 15. Requirements <ul><li>Implementation of management structure. </li></ul><ul><li>A single national training strategy. </li></ul><ul><li>A comprehensive workforce development strategy. </li></ul><ul><li>Capital investment in particular to conclude the modernisation of the special care provision. </li></ul><ul><li>A credible national office for Children First within the HSE </li></ul><ul><li>Commission and implement a national electronic information system </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and implement a data protection/record management policy. </li></ul><ul><li>A baseline formula for the distribution of resources </li></ul>Always Children First
  16. 16. Innovation <ul><li>Community engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Triage arrangements </li></ul><ul><li>Fund holding lead professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Empowered local children’s committees </li></ul><ul><li>Market development </li></ul>Always Children First
  17. 17. Always Children First <ul><li>Decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Commissioners </li></ul>Always Children First

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