Helping leadership teams to think differently
We use the 7S Framework to help local authorities think about the changes they need to make to provide the right conditions for good social workers to thrive. We believe the context in which services are provided heavily influences the ability of social workers to support families. Shared values, clear training linked to reflective supervision, calming the system, and provision of highly skilled business support, are just some of the necessary ingredients for effective change.
Teaching systemic social work
We provide a range of courses that enable social workers to develop their skills in working with families where there are serious concerns about the safety of children. Ideas such as safe uncertainty, the social GRRAACCESS, hypothesising, first and second order change, circular questions and other important concepts are translated into a child protection context. Teaching is delivered by social workers and family therapists who have current or recent experience of using the ideas in child protection settings.
We provide courses for supervisors helping them think about how to provide high quality reflective supervision.
Courses are also available for middle managers and senior leadership teams, helping them think about how they provide an enabling environment for staff.
All courses have as their highest context risk to children and the need to productively manage this.
Our courses teach social workers and leaders new ways of working. Embedding these ideas can be challenging and our associates are available to work alongside staff to give them confidence and guidance in the application of the techniques. We understand that teaching alone is not enough to effect change: workplace support is vital as well.
FAMILY Edge of Care services
Far too many teenagers end up in care unnecessarily. This is not good for them and not good for local authority budgets. Many teenagers face risks not because of family but because of community risk, and parents and carers are often unable to respond appropriately in these difficult circumstances in order to reduce risk.
Our unique FAMILY model integrates our RSW approach with multi-modal techniques found in approaches like Multisystemic Therapy (MST). But it is rooted in good social work practice, using highly skilled leadership and staff to tackle these complex and high risk structures successfully. We can apply this approach to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), repeated cases of going missing, gang related and other risk factors associated with teenagers. The FAMILY model saves local authorities money and, most importantly, benefits the most at risk teenagers.