Council leading the way in improving children's services

A council has again been chosen to help drive up standards in children’s social care services across the country.

Friday, 18th June 2021, 8:00 am
Updated Friday, 18th June 2021, 12:06 pm
Coun Peter Earley, cabinet member for Children, Young People and Learning.

North Tyneside Council has already provided advice and support to other local authorities after being chosen to be part of the Department for Education’s (DfE) Partners in Practice Programme for three years.

It was established to bring together the best practitioners and leaders in children’s social care to support others and improve the system.

And following its success, the council will now be part of a similar DfE programme and become a Sector Led Improvement Partner – due to its track record of delivery high-quality children’s services, its history of supporting others to improve, and the quality of the support it can improve.

Coun Peter Earley, cabinet member for Children, Young People and Learning, said: “We are delighted to be one of only a handful of councils to be selected to take part in the programme.

“Ensuring the very best outcomes for children and young people is something we are very passionate about here in North Tyneside.

“We are very proud of our outstanding children’s services and we are pleased to continue to draw on our experience and expertise to help and support others.”

Director of Children’s and Adult Services, Jacqui Old added: “We very much welcome the opportunity to continue to drive-up standards in children’s social care across the country.

“We are extremely pleased with our work so far and the feedback from the local authorities we have helped in recent years has been excellent.

“We look forward to more collaborative working, sharing good practice, and providing constructive challenge and learning to support others in the sector.”

The news comes as the council also completes its research work on behalf of DfE into how councils have helped to keep children and young people safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Working alongside leading experts Eileen Munro and Andrew Turnell, the local authority explored how they and other councils used networks around a child – such as extended family members, neighbours, and other community members – to help keep them safe when professional support became more restricted.

The research also explored how local authorities have adapted to the pandemic and supported social workers to deliver high-quality practice.