Silver Linings Project

Background

  • The Covid-19 pandemic lockdown and subsequent adjustments to find Covid-secure ways of working have driven new thinking about ways to deliver Children’s Services, in schools, in early help and in children’s social care.
  • The aim of the Silver Linings project is to capture and publicise the best of these innovative responses, in an attempt to embed these new and better ways or working into the “new normal”.

Outline Proposal

  • Step One: To put out a call for evidence via the 19 children’s services authorities in the SESLI Programme, inviting colleagues to nominate one or more innovations or changes to ways of working that will become permanent features of their service delivery
  • Step Two: To commission a report writer/designer to prepare showcase reports on each of the selected innovations
  • Step Three: to publish the case studies on a "take-it-or-leave-it" basis; with no selection and no endorsement of published case studies
  • Step Four: Organise a Covid-secure on-line launch

Details

  • There is no limit that makes an idea either “too small” or “too large”. We welcome contributions from whole system changes to personal work habits or IT-hacks.
  • If your evidence includes the use of a proprietary software or hardware solution, please be identify the supplier.
  • Otherwise, please use the headings below to respond to the call for evidence.

Governance & Reports

The Call for Evidence is remains open and we welcome further contributions. Either download the document and return to richard.tyndall@richardtyndall.co.uk or call Richard on 07880-787007 to suggest your idea for inclusion in the Silver Linings Project.

The call is open to all sections of Children's Services from mainstream schools to special schools to early years to early help to children's social care to youth justice teams to adoption to fostering.

Here's a link to a similar piece of work already undertaken by our colleagues in the London LIIA

And more case studies published by LGA

The list of 23 suggested case studies is available here

The index is here

 

Title

Authority

Contact

 1

SEND Facebook Live

Southampton CC

Tammy Marks

 2 

City-wide joint messaging

Southampton CC

Clodagh Freeston

 3

Strategic Promoting Attendance Group

Surrey CC

Sandra Morrison Mark Keiller

 4

Rapid Response Working Groups

West Sussex CC

Susan Tanner

 5

Managing my Child’s Anxiety

Windsor and Maidenhead

Rebecca Askew

 6

Wellbeing for Education Return – Training

Windsor and Maidenhead

Rebecca Askew

 7

Local Education System: stronger partnerships, communication and mutual support.

West Berkshire

Ian Pearson

 8

CSC Demand Modelling

East Sussex CC

Alastair Lee Alistair Herbert

 9

Education of vulnerable children

Hampshire and IoW

Alison Smailes

 10

Hybrid Child protection conferences

Hampshire and IoW

Alison Smailes

 11

Fostering and Adoption Virtual Panels

Hampshire and IoW

Alison Smailes

 12

Learning and Workforce development

Hampshire and IoW

Alison Smailes

 13

Strategic Partnership Engagement

Hampshire and IoW

Alison Smailes

 14

Use of virtual meetings and visits with children, young people and families

Hampshire and IoW

Alison Smailes

 15

Flexible and agile working for staff

Hampshire and IoW

Alison Smailes

 16

You’ve got a friend … Go To

Reading

Kate Reynolds

 17

You’ve got a friend … Buddy Heads

Reading

Kate Reynolds

 18

Mindfulness and Wellbeing Programme

East Sussex CC

Nicola McGeown

 19

Seminars on Practice Adjustments for Covid: Domestic Abuse, Child Sexual Abuse and Mental Health

East Sussex CC

Nicola McGeown

 20

Virtual Visiting – how to do it

East Sussex CC

Nicola McGeown

 21

Early Help

Oxfordshire

Tan Lea

 22

Digital Learning

Portsmouth

Mike Stoneman

 23

Link Coordinators

Portsmouth

Hayden Ginns