Social work practitioners will be able to learn more about Cambridgeshire County Council’s recent transformation of children’s services in an exclusive session at the Community Care Live Children and Families conference in November.
Earlier this year, Cambridgeshire became the first ever local authority to see its children’s services jump from an inadequate rating to good in the space of one Ofsted inspection.
The ‘Live Learning’ session, entitled ‘Where good social work practice can flourish’, will include advice for councils on how to prepare for an Ofsted inspection and information on what was crucial for Cambridgeshire when it came to making improvements.
A practitioner from one of the social work units within children’s services will also be on hand to give a personal account of what it’s like to work for the council.
Nicola Clemo, director of children’s social care at Cambridgeshire, said: “The session is an opportunity to hear from a social work practitioner and a service director who have experienced Cambridgeshire’s journey to improvement and how we succeeded in achieving good outcomes and creating an environment where good social work can flourish.”
The conference will be held on Thursday 20 November at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London and you can register for your ticket now.
Confirmed speakers include former Haringey children’s services director Sharon Shoesmith, professor of social work Ray Jones and Kids Company founder Camilla Batmanghelidjh. The full programme will be announced in the coming weeks.
The event is free for all social workers registered with the HCPC or other equivalent UK registration body. This year, free of charge entry has also been extended to local authority commissioners and procurement officers, workforce development team leaders or managers, youth offending teams, police and probation officers, when they register using their professional email address.