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Building and maintaining a healthy, happy social care team – 18 March 2021

Thursday 18 March, 12.00-1.30pm

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A healthy, motivated and stable social care workforce is vital for providing support for the most vulnerable children and young people in our society. Children’s social care services can be challenging, stressful and emotionally taxing places to work. In an environment of increasing demand, strained resources and remote working, how can we identify and tackle the issues affecting social care teams?

In this webinar, What Works for Children’s Social Care will share findings from projects aiming to support children’s social care practitioners to improve their wellbeing and outline small changes that local authorities can make to address some of the existing issues in the sector. We’ll hear from researchers working on the following interventions about how they are implemented, the challenges faced and next steps:

  • Healthier, Happier Professionals, which seeks to support the profession by understanding how local authorities might address rates of employee sickness absence and turnover.
  • Schwartz Rounds, which explores the use of a structured forum for discussing the emotional and social aspects of children’s social work.

We will also hear from researchers working on other evidence-based approaches to improve workforce wellbeing, as well as children’s social care practitioners about their experiences. 

Following presentations from a panel of esteemed guest speakers, there will be an opportunity to join the conversation and ask questions.

Contributors: Dr David Wilkins – Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Cardiff University and Assistant Director of CASCADE ; Shibeal O’Flaherty – Researcher, What Works for Children’s Social Care

Chair: Dr Michael Sanders, Chief Executive, What Works for Children’s Social Care

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Resources from previous events

Unlocking the facts of secure children’s homes

1 March 2021

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NIHR-WWCSC funding opportunity – information webinar

4 February 2021

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Supporting children and young people who have experienced trauma

22 October 2020

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Actively involving children and families in identifying needs and planning support

12 October 2020

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Information webinar – increasing interest in higher and further education

5 October 2020

Machine Learning in Children’s Social Care

30 September 2020

Ensuring a smooth transition back to education

24 August 2020

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