A one-day introduction for local authorities

Systems Thinking for Children’s Social Care

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February 6, 2020 in Buckfastleigh 

February 11, 2020 in Birmingham 

February 18, 2020 in Glasgow 

February 20, 2020 in Newcastle 


Why systems thinking training?

We know that there are many pressures facing children’s social care systems,These include, but are not limited to: 

  • Escalating child protection concerns 

  • Limited resources for early help 

  • A workforce under strain 

  • Variable costs of children’s placements, all within the context of budgets being stretched to breaking point.  

After a successful summer running introductory workshops into our Systems Thinking applied to Children’s Social Care training we’re looking ahead to 2020 and how we can help you address the above problems.

What will I learn?

This workshop will be beneficial if you are looking for a fresh perspective on the challenges you are facing in your area.  

You will learn about children’s social care as a dynamic system, and explore the local drivers of need, demand and pressure points, giving you a deeper understanding of how the wider system functions, and the intended and perhaps unintended consequences of decisions that you and others make.  

By seeing the system as a whole, you will be able to identify the best places and ways to intervene so that more children are kept safely at home.  

The event draws on the Dartington Service Design Lab’s experience of applying these concepts to practice in numerous local authorities in England. Our work has been developed through a partnership with the Social Systems Design Lab at the Brown School of Social Work (Washington University in St Louis, US). 

You can read more about our work in applying systems thinking to children’s social care in this short brief

who is this for?

  • Senior leaders, commissioners and managers working in local authority children’s services and social care.   

As we will spend a large part of the day applying the concepts to a local challenge, it will be beneficial for more than one person to attend the training. This will allow you to have a rich discussion.    

What will I take away from this workshop?

An introduction to key concepts of systems thinking and system dynamics; 

  • The practical application of key concepts to local challenges; 

  • Interactive exercises and games to bring concepts to life;  

  • Illustrations of how concepts may be developed into simulation models to help inform strategies and local system reforms; 

  • Opportunities to network with fellow training participants throughout the day, exploring areas of similar concern and opportunities for local authority collaboration and shared learning.   

Where and when is it taking place?

We will be conducting four workshops across England and Scotland this winter:   

February 6, 2020 in Buckfastleigh 

February 11, 2020 in Birmingham 

February 18, 2020 in Glasgow 

February 20, 2020 in Newcastle 

Venues will be confirmed closer to the event. Click here to register your interest now in one or more of the events.

How much does the training cost? What does the fee include?

The workshop costs £295 for an individual participant. A bundle is available for £800 that will allow up to four participants from a local authority to attend. Spaces are limited for charities and this bundle is available only for local authorities. The training cost includes: 

·      Morning coffee and refreshments throughout the day 

·      Lunch 

·      All materials/handouts 

We hope to see you there!