Have you ever wondered what would happen when the Government finally is able to privatise Social Work teams? Its not too far off and for Looked after teams in Kent, Liverpool, Hillingdon and Staffordshire and Blackburn it is now as this scheme is being piloted. The idea is to reduce the bureaucracy and increase outcomes for young people. The scheme has been running since 2008 and is now being to extended http://dfe.gov.uk/
The Government set out this scheme in the ‘Care matters White Paper’, with provisions to test these in the ‘Children and Young Person’s Bill’. At present these schemes are going through a process of evaluation. Looking at the impact on the young people in care and also the wider Children Services and the impact on them. Next year in 2012 a report will be published on the Social Work Practise Pilots and will evaluate how they have been. This scheme will only be developed further if there is a clear measurable outcomes for the Children. Another measure is to improve the relationship between the young person and their Social Worker. (something I can agree with) I have known Children to have left care with more than 15 Social Workers!
It looks like the Authority will continue to be the Corporate Parent, and continue to monitor whether the Social Work Practises are:
- Get to know you – what makes you happy and what makes you sad.
- Work with you to resolve any problems that may be making you unhappy.
- Help you to stay in touch with your family where appropriate.
- Ensure you are healthy and doing well at school.
- Make time for you when you need it.
- Be honest, reliable and trustworthy.
- Test new ways of giving you more control over your life.
- Try to give you a much better experience of care.