Councillor Patricia Stallard, Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services and Young People, said: “This is excellent news and is timed perfectly to give staff in the Department a well-deserved boost of positivity, after what have been challenging times for all of our services.
“Hampshire’s children’s services staff always go above and beyond but their dedication to children and families over these past months particularly, has been exceptional. The way they have adapted quickly to new ways of working and maintained contact with children, young people and their families to continue supporting them and to keep them safe is testament to the transformation journey the department has undertaken over the past six years.”
Children’s Services began transforming its ways of working in 2014. Since then, as part of its transformation, the department has invested in recruiting additional social workers and new technology, established personal assistants for social work teams - to free the social workers from many of the administrative tasks in their role and allow them more time to spend working with children and families - and introduced a new model of social work practice.
As a result, the number of children being able to stay safely in their family home has risen, and fewer children require Child Protection Plans. The transformation impact was recognised by Ofsted in rating Hampshire Children’s Services ‘outstanding’ in all areas (June 2019).
Hampshire’s Children’s Services have also been commended, in the category of Innovation in Children’s Services. The winners will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony on 2 October 2020.