Ealing are embedding their Brighter Futures practice model giving a consistent and informed approach across the whole of the Children’s work force.
Understanding what works
Having established a core set of values that underpins the Innovation work that Ealing has developed over the past few years, Ealing is developing a bespoke Brighter Futures training programme in conjunction with South London and Maudsley, Anna Freud centre and the DDP Connects UK. Fundamental to the values and training programme is giving the workforce skills and recognition of the impact of trauma and how to build purposeful relationships with children, young people, families and each other. Ealing has taken this practice model in to all areas of its work with children including:
- Ealing values psychology as a significant component to its Children and Families offer. All teams have access to clinical psychologists with most embedded in team structures allowing a multi-disciplinary approach facilitated by group supervisions, morning check-ins and consultation as well as direct work with children, parents and carers.
- Ealing’s LAC and Fostering Service is now a partner agency to DDP Connect UK. Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP) provides a therapeutic framework for services to children, using a trauma-informed, attachment-focused and developmental approach. Social workers use DDP informed practice to help children and their carers to feel safe and connected. Of central importance is supporting parents and carers to manage challenging behaviour whilst also staying emotionally connected with their children. Ealing provides PACE (Playful, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy) training to staff and Nurturing Attachments Training for foster carers.
- Ealing has developed a significant offer to meet the growing response to contextual safeguarding. Enhanced specialist interventions that includes those children at risk of involvement in child sexual exploitation, gangs and serious youth violence and risk of radicalisation. The piloting of an approach to this involved young people drafting their own plans at specific young person led meetings. The University of Cardiff are conducting a qualitative piece of research into the pilot. Mentors in Violence Prevention has been involved in nine schools across the borough and Ealing’s Trusted Relationship project in conjunction with St Christopher’s and MAC UK is working with vulnerable young people at risk of exploitation out of core work hours. Ealing is working with Carlene Firmin and the University of Bedfordshire to embed and then scale up contextual safeguarding within in Local Authorities.
- Ealing is committed to the continued professional development of all employees and has a strong reputation for providing innovative training and development opportunities. There is a shared responsibility for developing staff to ensure they are able to deliver high quality services to children and families across the Borough.
- Ealing has robust partnership arrangements spanning many years with a successful history of improving social work practice in West London. These partnerships are made of the West London Alliance (WLA) and more recently the West London Social Work Teaching Partnership (WLSWTP) with members drawn from eight west London boroughs and University of London, Royal Holloway, and King’s College London.
Ealing are offering bespoke peer support for up to eight authorities over two years, addressing an authority’s needs across the whole system.
Ealing are offering support across five key strands which are:
- management and leadership;
- workforce development;
- evidence based social work practice;
- looked after children and care leavers services; and
- areas of outstanding practice (including early help, safeguarding, fostering and adoption, contextual safeguarding and children in need).