Essex are delivering peer support to 12 local authorities each year. Essex specialises in working alongside authorities to improve social work practice, and outcomes for children and their families, ranging from deep dives into discrete areas of practice, right up to whole system re-design, and regional, peer challenge and mutual support.
The Essex approach is founded on their own experience of transforming its services from inadequate to good, with outstanding leadership. Its work, delivering successful change with other authorities of different sizes, conditions and cultures, means that it can tailor its support, to fit local conditions.
Essex uses a strengths-based systemic model of practice, supported by reflective supervision, and underpinned by research.
Essex has well developed approaches to undertaking diagnostics, deep dives, audit, and building rich quantitative and qualitative management information, to understand and support the quality of practice and, so, deliver better outcomes for children.
They also have experience in developing and establishing innovative services, which produce successful outcomes, including: preventing re-offending, adoption recruitment, and post-SGO support.
Additionally, Essex is involved in the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme. It leads the Inside Out project, partnered with Hertfordshire, Norfolk and The Children’s Society. This aims to deliver step-down services and, where appropriate, reunification of the least-engaged children in care, through direct, intensive work with those young people and their families. Please click here for further project information.
Essex is offering bespoke and targeted peer support to up to 24 local authorities over a two-year period. The type and intensity of support offered depends on the needs of the local authority and the outcome of the diagnostic.
This includes helping authorities to:
Essex are committed to supporting authorities in the Eastern region of England and the South West.