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Webinar recording: Relationship-based social work needs relationship-based systems

Webinar recording: Relationship-based social work needs relationship-based systems

Published September 06, 2019


This webinar, originally held in September 2019, explored the development of relationship-based practice in Local Authority children’s social work. Please visit this link https://youtu.be/fY9nWBuWa1g

Relationship-based social work isn’t a new phenomenon; most if not all social workers aspire to forge strong connections with the people they work alongside. Social workers have been trained and supported to build trusting relationships. Yet what is perhaps not as common is relationships being the core of service design and delivery and the importance of relationships permeating through the whole system.

There now seems to be a move towards connecting the dots. There is a commitment to bringing together and drawing attention to those parts of the country who are delivering relationship-based systems. The London Borough of Camden is showing what a relational approach from the top down and the bottom up can achieve. There is evidence of a sharing of power and credible collaboration. Using key principles of systemic family therapy Camden is delivering a strengths-based approach by building an organisation where professionals, families and citizens work together to create a service which is kind, compassionate and collaborative.

SCIE has published an article about this area of development in the sector and the London Borough of Camden has recently shared an example of innovative practice with Camden Conversations.

This webinar recording offers an opportunity to hear more about the work of Camden as well as the wider developments in practice across the country.

Over the course of the hour, we covered: What do we mean by relationship-based systems? A detailed understanding of the approach taken by the London Borough of Camden The use of Family Group Conferencing in developing a shared approach The current state of affairs with relationship-based practice across Local Authorities in England Ofsted’s position on relationship-based system delivery How a Local Authority can develop a relationship-based system Why is this important for the sector and for social work?

This webinar was led by: Tony Hunter, CEO, SCIE Ryan Wise, Practice Development Manager, SCIE Yvette Stanley, Ofsted National Director for Social Care Tim Fisher, Kevin Mak and James Owen, London Borough of Camden Children’s Social Care.

Co-production in children’s social care It was great to see the passion and commitment to relationship-based practice and co-production from the comments in the chat box. SCIE shares this passion and we are keen to continue championing power being shared with children and families in children’s social care. If you are interested in continuing the conversation with SCIE and are thinking about how your own practice or organisation can develop a relationship-based and co-productive system, please do get in touch with Ryan via our feedback form https://www.scie.org.uk/contact/resourcefeedback

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