The forthcoming Independent Review of Children’s Social Care will be a landmark development for the sector in England, with the potential to shape social work policy and practice from the national level down to day-to-day work. As part of this, the team behind the review have published the Case for Change, which lists the biggest challenges facing children’s social care right now. At this stage in the Review, people in the children’s social care workforce, and those with lived experience of children’s social care, are being invited to have their say.
This is a great opportunity to ensure the voices of social workers and people with lived experience of children’s social care in Yorkshire & the Humber are heard, and to help shape the next phase of the Review’s work. It’s really important for as many people as possible to share their experiences.
Once you’ve had a look at the Case for Change, there are a few different ways to share your views:
If you work in Children’s Social Care:
You can sign up to have your say on the review by adding your details to the online Expression of Interest form here. You’ll be able to share your views confidentially.
As well as the main feedback form, What Works for Children’s Social Care, a partner research organisation, has been commissioned to run polls which are specific to social workers and their experiences to feed into the review. You can sign up to contribute to their work here.
If you have lived experience of Children’s Social Care
As with members of the workforce, anyone with lived experience can sign up to take part in the Review by filling in an online form. Participation is open to anyone with any sort of lived experience in the Children’s Social Care system – whether you’re a care experienced young person, foster carer, adopter, or adult with previous care experience, it’s important for the Review to hear from as wide a range of people as possible.
If you’re a social worker, we’d encourage you to pass on the link to any of the care-experienced people you work with who might be interested in sharing their thoughts.
Another way to get involved and feed back to the Review is through one of their events – these are running throughout July and August, and will focus on getting thoughts and experiences from specific groups of relevant people across the Children’s Social Care sector. You can view the full schedule and sign up to events here.