By Steve Walker, Hedy Cleaver, Al Aynsley-Green

Drawing on in-depth interviews with social staff and their managers, and households and youth themselves, the authors of this crucial ebook express how the rules embodied within the evaluate Framework were utilized to social paintings perform. Revisiting the rules defined within the legislative context and the evaluation Framework, they express how the point of interest on evaluation has affected the paintings with youngsters, and the reviews of youngsters and households themselves. The authors establish more than a few concerns that impact the implementation of the evaluation Framework, together with the most important components the place help and coaching are wanted. They assessment social employees' and different execs' appraisal of the way the review Framework impacts person perform and inter-agency collaboration, in addition to exploring how happy youngsters and their mom and dad are with the exams they're enthusiastic about. ultimately, they research the fee to social companies of venture a center evaluate. Emphasising the significance of a joined-up baby care carrier, the authors' findings were taken into consideration within the improvement of the built-in kid's procedure. This e-book might be learn by means of all these pros who're operating to advertise the welfare and health of kids.

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23). The importance of first-line managers in implementation appears to have been well understood by councils in introducing the Assessment Framework, and they were involved in the process of implementation in all but one of the councils taking part in the research. TRAINERS The involvement of trainers in implementation ensures that training is an integral part of a council’s implementation plan. Training can be built into the plan at key points to support or reinforce changes. Training can also be used to keep staff informed and up to date with the implementation process.

Although the employment of locum workers enables councils to fulfil statutory and other obligations, it does not fully compensate for the lack of regular staff. Their employment will increase the challenge of implementing new government policy and working procedures. This is because locum workers will be less familiar with an organisation’s policies, procedures and IMPLEMENTATION / 37 practice. It is also more difficult for the organisation to include them in planning for implementation or in training programmes, as the employment of locum workers is more susceptible to the financial constraints of any organisation.

However, only five councils had put arrange- 52 / ASSESSING CHILDREN’S NEEDS AND CIRCUMSTANCES ments in place to address these gaps in knowledge and provide practitioners with ongoing support. These included innovative methods such as: · practice mentors who worked alongside practitioners · action learning sets · regular practice workshops. Where these arrangements were in place councils reported lower resistance and improvements in the quality of assessment practice. Technical capacity As discussed earlier, the research team provided each council with an electronic version of the assessment records.

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