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 - Autumn Term

We are pleased to offer training to social workers and children's homes managers for the autumn term. This term’s training opportunity focuses on working with the Virtual School, Admissions, Inclusion and Family Services, Attendance, Designated Teachers and other relevant local authority (LA) partners.

Delegates will be invited to send in scenarios for discussion, prior to the training.

Please see details of the dates and venues below:

Area Location Date Time CPD Online Event Code
North Riverside, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0EQ 02/10/2018 13:00-15:30 SVS1819/05
South Landmark House, 4 Egerton Road, Ipswich, IP1 5PF 05/10/2018 09:30-12:00 SVS1819/06
West West Suffolk House, Western Way, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3YU 08/10/2018 13:00-15:30  SVS1819/07

Booking is available using CPD online. Select either the Schools Choice or Multi-Agency link before you log in to the system and use the event code to find the course you wish to attend. Booking is available using CPD online and we urge you to book through that. However, we would rather see you at a meeting, so if booking is an issue please contact the Virtual School Office letting us know which meeting you plan to attend. 

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