The Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC) is launching a scheme to enable managers in children’s social work to share best practice through regular meetings and dialogue.
The Peer to Peer programme, which will run initially as a 12-month pilot from early 2010, will be open to heads of service, area managers, assistant directors and others who have a key role in shaping how their organisation delivers social work within integrated children’s services.
The CWDC aims to run the scheme through regional groups and at this stage is looking to offer 400 places, depending on feedback and demand from local authorities.
CWDC national programme manager Rebecca Leete said the organisation wanted to “help spread evidence-based approaches to workforce reform”.
Although the pilot will mostly focus on local authorities, places will also be available for managers in national voluntary sector organisations.
Kim Bromley-Derry, president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services and director of children’s services at Newham Council, east London said it was planning to use the pilot to “make space for our key middle managers” to deal with the challenges of reform.
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