My Journey My Voice - Practitioner Engagement Toolkit

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My Journey My Voice - Practitioner Engagement Toolkit

  1. 1. My Journey My Voice Practitioner Engagement Toolkit Sarah Piggott Business Improvement and Development Team Manager Staffordshire County Council
  2. 2. What did Staffordshire want to achieve? • Capturing the views and experiences of children and young people on a child protection plan – Identified by our own internal auditing process – Implementing Professor Munro recommendations of getting back to social work • Improving the quality of practice – Social Worker time spent with the child – direct work • Improving outcomes for the child – Decisions and recommendations made at child protection conference • Improve Current/Future Services
  3. 3. The Process: • A Working Group – Social Work Team Managers, Independent Chairs, • Pilot in three Safeguarding Units with children under 10years – feedback was positive from social workers and children – Changed the language throughout the toolkits • Launched across all of the 18 SSUs - April 2012 • Reviewing October 2013. Children’s Voice Project to scope requirements – – Age – Format – process
  4. 4. My Journey My Voice Toolkit • Developed to cover the child’s journey • Currently 1-8 tools included – – – – – – – – Keeping me safe All About me What I would like my social worker do for me What About me? ‘Three Houses’ ‘Three Islands’ What About Me+ My Journey Progress Colourful, use drawing and stickers, personalised packs for the child to keep, form part of the social worker report to conference
  5. 5. Feedback to date • 6 month review • Experiences of the Child audit – increased evidence of the voice of the child when compared to last year’s audit • Children / Young People / Parent ‘love the stickers and the colours..’ Young Boy was sad/worried about his Dad in Afghanistan so Mum helped to reassure’ • Social Workers/Team Managers – ‘Younger children have responded very positively to the stickers and being able to personalise their folders’ ‘children engage well with the materials’ ‘a marked improvement in assessing a child's lived experience and including them in the whole process’ .
  6. 6. Contact Us: Address: Sarah Piggott Business Improvement and Development Team Manager Staffordshire County Council Wedgewood Building Tipping Street Stafford 01785 278434 Email: sarah.piggott@staffordshire.gov.uk

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