Bi-borough (Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea) and Hammersmith and Fulham are a Partner in Practice – click here for more information
Children and family practitioners face a number of challenges in developing purposeful practice with children, young people and families. These include: resources being focused on assessment, instead of intervention; case management and referrals taking precedent over direct interaction; a lack of focus on mainstream change; and too many repeat referrals.
The Focus on Practice innovation built on the knowledge, confidence and expertise of practitioners and managers to effect changes for families through a comprehensive skills development programme incorporating systemic practice, Signs of Safety, Motivational Interviewing and parenting programmes. Alongside this, clinicians were embedded within services and invested in an observation, coaching and motivational interviewing programme.
Moving forward we are building on Focus on Practice by growing the number of systematically trained practitioners and developing a Centre for social work to share learning with the sector.