Enabling families to lead change through a systemic, relationship-based approach.

10/12/2021 09:45 - 11:00

In 2020, Somerset County Council’s children’s social care service team launched a new way of working, in which multidisciplinary teams enable families to lead the changes they need to make in their lives.

Family Solutions Somerset combines the family safeguarding model, Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC), Pause and Safe Families into one package built on the principles of systemic, strengths-based and relationship-led practice.

In this session, you will hear from people working within these newly formed teams – social workers, adult mental health workers, domestic abuse workers, drug and alcohol workers – about the impact these changes are having on families and them as practitioners.

Attend this session to:

  • Understand why Somerset has transformed the way children and their families are supported based on systemic working, and strengths- and relationship-based practice.
  • Learn how it is applying the family safeguarding model, FDAC, Pause and Safe Families at a local level in a holistic and integrated way.
  • Examine the early signs of positive change that have been seen across the service, and the impact this way of working has had on practitioners.
  • Get an early peek at Somerset’s new care model - where multi-agency teams look after children in care, blending individual packages across residential, foster care, therapeutic education and supported time at home, as each child's needs change and develop.

Paul Shallcross, head of service - quality assurance, and principal child and family social worker, Somerset County Council

Richard Sprott, operations manager in assessment and safeguarding, Somerset County Council