Our vision for children's social care

We know that if our social workers are going to make real change in children's lives, they need the best support, leadership and resources we can offer. This is why we have our Social Work Contract (PDF, 537.8 KB).

We expect a lot from our staff and it is down to their hard work and commitment that we have improved, and continue to improve, our children's services. This contract lays out our vision for our children's services and the performance standards we have set for social care staff at all levels. The contract builds on the outcomes of the Munro Review, and, central to it is the importance of building relationships as the key to helping families change.

It also sets out what management will do to empower, enable and support staff to build those relationships and reach those standards.

We want the best for children in Kent, and this has to be a team effort with everyone playing their part. This is an exciting time to be part of Kent's children's services – we have laid the foundations for an effective service and we are now committed to sustaining and building on those improvements. 

We have a clear vision for children's services, which is that every child and young person in Kent should achieve their full potential in life, whatever their background.

This will only be possible if we create a culture which fosters excellence, where staff are encouraged to be creative and share ideas, and where collaboration for the good of Kent's children happens naturally.

Every Day Matters, the children and young people's strategic plan, gives further information.

As we aspire towards becoming a true learning organisation, our Practice Development Team focuses on ongoing development of practice skills and knowledge, discussion about the latest research and methodologies, and provides critical time for reflection.

We are also introducing 'Signs of Safety', covering Early Help and Specialist Childrens Services as our county wide practice model. We believe that this will support children and their families to have a consistent and seamless journey through our services. The model provides a clear method to risk assess cases and enables children and their families to be involved in their assessment and safety planning.

We have committed to providing better systems, processes and IT to make sure our staff have the time and resources to carry out frontline social work effectively.

Our goal is to promote confident, knowledgeable and well-supported social care staff working to the highest standards of practice. Only then can we achieve our ultimate goal – each child in Kent happy, healthy and safe in a permanent home.

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