Guidance for social workers

Information for social workers and other social care professionals, including training dates.

The vital role of social workers

Social workers have a key role to play in supporting the education of children in care but it is important to know you are not alone. Each local authority has a Virtual School Head who is there to monitor, support and advise all those working to ensure the best education outcomes for children in care.  In Suffolk the Personal Education Plan (PEP) is divided into two parts. The child's social worker is responsible for co-ordinating and facilitating the PEP meeting and the child's designated teacher is responsible for completing the online PEP document every term that the child is in care. View the PEP guidance for social workers (PDF, 283KB).

The PEP meeting should take the form most appropriate to the needs of the young person.  It can follow any person-centred approach including the ‘Three Houses Approach’ outlined in Suffolk’s Signs of Safety (SoS) and Well-being service model or the PATH (Possible Alternative Tomorrows with Hope) model used by Suffolk’s Education Psychology and Therapy Service.  The Suffolk Post 16 PEP document which was co-produced with young people is available below.  Although it is no longer a requirement for this document to be completed, it was designed to comply with the SoS model and could be useful as a guide to what should be discussed in the PEP meeting. 

PEP document templates for post-16 learners

PEP document templates for Early Years children

The templates schools should use for the Personal Education Planning of early years children in the care of Suffolk County Council:

Social worker training events

The Suffolk Virtual School and Education Psychology and Therapy service administered two sessions in Autumn term following a pilot of various person-centred approaches to Personal Education Plans for Children in Care. The training built on the current Signs of Safety and Well-being approach to PEP meetings and aimed to equip social workers with the knowledge and skills to facilitate a PEP meeting which is engaging, strengths based and leads to positive outcomes for our children and young people.

July 2018

This term’s training opportunity focuses on working with the Virtual School, Admissions, Family Services and Designated Teachers regarding:

  • School applications for CiC
  • Mid-year applications for CiC (due to placement moves)
  • Requesting EHCP assessments
  •  In Year Fair Access Panel (IYFAP), Education Only Panel and Multi Agency Commissioning Panel (MACP)
  • The Personal Education Plan – roles and responsibilities

The dates and venues are as follows:

AreaLocationDateTimeCPD Online Code

West Suffolk House, Western Way, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3YU

16/07/2018 9:00am to 11:00am SVS01

Riverside, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0EQ

19/07/2018 9:00am to 11:00am SVS02

Landmark House, 4 Egerton Road, Ipswich, IP1 5PF

24/07/2018 13:00pm to 15:00pm SVS03


Booking is available using CPD online. Use the event code to find the course you wish to attend. If booking is an issue please contact the Virtual School Office ( or 01473 260818) letting us know which training event you wish to attend.  

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