Inspiring confidence in children and family services

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/305071
Title:
Inspiring confidence in children and family services
Authors:
PA Consulting Group
Affiliation:
Health Service Executive (HSE)
Publisher:
Health Service Executive (HSE)
Issue Date:
1-Oct-2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/305071
Item Type:
Report
Language:
en
Description:
A priority for the HSE is to modernise the way its Children and Family Services are planned and delivered so that, within the resources available we can meet all the regulatory and statutory requirements and provide a quality and effective service. A strategic programme of work to achieve this was initiated in 2008. The change programme is evidenced based and draws from a number strategic developments and reports including:- Social Work and Family Support Survey 2008 This involved the first ever detailed analysis of social work across all 32 local health offices. It included analysis of work practices, caseloads, team structures, management of unallocated cases, risk rating etc. This survey highlighted significant inconsistencies across the country. Services were clearly being provided much more effectively in some parts of the country than in others and this was not always due to the difference in the resources available. The Report identified deficits within the social work system e.g. children in care with no allocated social worker, child protection cases on waiting list awaiting assessments, and social work staff turnover and variances in activity/work loads of social workers. These issues are currently being addressed through a range of actions in partnership with HIQA. Task Force Report 2009 Following the Social Work Survey, a Task Force was established in February 2009 comprising senior practitioners in the field of Child Protection and senior Health Service Managers. The aim of the Task Force was to put in place a system to "accelerate the development of a national, unified and standardised approach to the delivery of Child Protection Services” Central to its overall objective has been the development of a framework or 'user’s manual' to ensure essential functions in a child protection assessment are accomplished in a consistent and standard manner across the country. This framework offers a powerful diagnostic and action tools for holistic assessment and supports effective decision making. Prior to this, the area of child protection assessments was extremely fragmented and inconsistent. A high level implementation plan has been developed and is being rolled out to ensure the Task Force’s recommendations are acted on. The following three elements of the Task Force recommendations relating to the standardised implementation of policy and procedures are currently being implemented. Implementation at regional level of the national policy which clarifies for all staff their role in Child Protection Common Duty System Framework Child Protection Conference Standard Operating Procedure Ryan Report The Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, commonly referred to as the Ryan Report, was published on 20th May 2009. The Government accepted the recommendations in full and took the decision to draft the implementation plan with the expressed aim of responding to each of the 20 recommendations. The Implementation Plan was published by the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (OMCYA) in July 2009. The Ryan Implementation Plan contained 99 recommendations of which 68 come directly under the leadership of HSE. Of these recommendations 8 have been prioritised and are included in the 2010 Service Plan, for implementation, as resources become available. One of the most significant recommendations is a requirement for 200 additional Social Workers and a commitment was given by the Department of Health and Children that these posts would be sanctioned for recruitment in 2010. A recruitment process is currently underway.
Keywords:
CHILD; CHILD HEALTH

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorPA Consulting Groupen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-11-07T11:49:48Z-
dc.date.available2013-11-07T11:49:48Z-
dc.date.issued2009-10-01-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/305071-
dc.descriptionA priority for the HSE is to modernise the way its Children and Family Services are planned and delivered so that, within the resources available we can meet all the regulatory and statutory requirements and provide a quality and effective service. A strategic programme of work to achieve this was initiated in 2008. The change programme is evidenced based and draws from a number strategic developments and reports including:- Social Work and Family Support Survey 2008 This involved the first ever detailed analysis of social work across all 32 local health offices. It included analysis of work practices, caseloads, team structures, management of unallocated cases, risk rating etc. This survey highlighted significant inconsistencies across the country. Services were clearly being provided much more effectively in some parts of the country than in others and this was not always due to the difference in the resources available. The Report identified deficits within the social work system e.g. children in care with no allocated social worker, child protection cases on waiting list awaiting assessments, and social work staff turnover and variances in activity/work loads of social workers. These issues are currently being addressed through a range of actions in partnership with HIQA. Task Force Report 2009 Following the Social Work Survey, a Task Force was established in February 2009 comprising senior practitioners in the field of Child Protection and senior Health Service Managers. The aim of the Task Force was to put in place a system to "accelerate the development of a national, unified and standardised approach to the delivery of Child Protection Services” Central to its overall objective has been the development of a framework or 'user’s manual' to ensure essential functions in a child protection assessment are accomplished in a consistent and standard manner across the country. This framework offers a powerful diagnostic and action tools for holistic assessment and supports effective decision making. Prior to this, the area of child protection assessments was extremely fragmented and inconsistent. A high level implementation plan has been developed and is being rolled out to ensure the Task Force’s recommendations are acted on. The following three elements of the Task Force recommendations relating to the standardised implementation of policy and procedures are currently being implemented. Implementation at regional level of the national policy which clarifies for all staff their role in Child Protection Common Duty System Framework Child Protection Conference Standard Operating Procedure Ryan Report The Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, commonly referred to as the Ryan Report, was published on 20th May 2009. The Government accepted the recommendations in full and took the decision to draft the implementation plan with the expressed aim of responding to each of the 20 recommendations. The Implementation Plan was published by the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (OMCYA) in July 2009. The Ryan Implementation Plan contained 99 recommendations of which 68 come directly under the leadership of HSE. Of these recommendations 8 have been prioritised and are included in the 2010 Service Plan, for implementation, as resources become available. One of the most significant recommendations is a requirement for 200 additional Social Workers and a commitment was given by the Department of Health and Children that these posts would be sanctioned for recruitment in 2010. A recruitment process is currently underway.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherHealth Service Executive (HSE)en_GB
dc.subjectCHILDen_GB
dc.subjectCHILD HEALTHen_GB
dc.titleInspiring confidence in children and family servicesen_GB
dc.typeReporten
dc.contributor.departmentHealth Service Executive (HSE)en_GB
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