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
- Post-16 PEP (June 2016) (Word, 1MB)
- Post-16 Pathway to EET Plan (April 2016) (Word, 1MB). This document is to be completed for 16-17 year olds who are currently not in learning: NEET (not in education, employment or training).
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:
- Early Years PEP (April 2016) (Word, 78KB)
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.