Practice Leadership Programme

Programme Overview

Course outline

Day 1

First Residential - Day 1

Lead and govern excellent practice (KSS1) [PDF] (file size 182.36 KB)

Learning outcomes:

  • Building the group identity
  • Understanding what makes a good Practice Leader
  • Understanding the importance of basic belief system and influence on practice
  • Reflecting on leadership and management style and own individual strengths
  • Planning for the year with development coaches
Time Section
11:00 Registration and refreshments
11:30 Session 1: Welcome to the programme
13:00 Lunch
13:45 Session 2: What makes a good Practice Leader
15:45 Break
16:15 Session 3: Keynote presentation
18:00 Close and Check-in to rooms
19:30 Dinner

 

Day 2

First Residential - Day 2

Lead and govern excellent practice (KSS 1)

Learning outcomes:

  • Building the group identity
  • Understanding what makes a good Practice Leader
  • Understanding the importance of basic belief system and influence on practice
  • Reflecting on leadership and management style and own individual strengths
  • Planning for the year with development coaches
Time Section
07:00 Breakfast (07:00 - 08:30)
08:30 Session 4: A credible leader
10:15 Break
10:35 Session 5: What makes a good Practice System
11:00 Reflexivity and Influencing Practice
12:30 Lunch
13:15 Session 6: Introduction to and Meeting with Development Coaches
15:00 Closing comments 
15:30 Close

 

Day 3

Seminar One

Creating a context for excellent practice (KSS 2)

Learning outcomes:

  • How to engage staff in a shared direction/vision
  • Creating the environment where effective practice can flourish
  • How to improve when the practice system isn’t working

Morning

  • Presentations from DCSs who have instigated practice change or improvement programmes within their authorities

Afternoon 

  • Scenario: Taking on an organisation with various strengths and areas for improvement.
Day 4

Seminar Two

Designing a system to support effective practice (KSS 3)

Learning outcomes:

  • Understanding systemic leadership
  • Understanding the necessity of a theory of change for families which provides the basis on which the staff operate

Morning

  • Introduction to systemic concepts and how to apply them to leadership

Afternoon

  • Scenario: Applying systemic concepts to a leadership challenge in a local authority context
Day 5

Seminar Three

Developing excellent practitioners (KSS 4)

Learning outcomes:

  • How to make best use of knowledge and research evidence about effective social work practice
  • How to ensure there is sufficient professional development within the organisation
  • How to maintain social workers in front line practice

Morning

  • What does the research tell us about effective practice?
  • What does the research tell us about supervision?
  • Effectiveness of practice – what is the evidence?

Afternoon

  • Scenario: Based an overall approach (E.g. domestic abuse)
Day 6

Seminar Four

Support effective decision making (KSS 5)

Learning outcomes:

  • Knowing how to build a culture where managed risk is accepted and understood
  • Developing a culture of learning, reflection and acceptance of accountability

Morning Session One

  • Lessons from the Behavioural Insights Team about behaviour patterns and determinants which will include examples from children’s social care settings.

Morning Session Two 

  • Thought provoking presentation covering: Managing and holding risk, accountability and learning from case reviews

Afternoon

  • Scenario:  System in place for decision making within a complex organisation
Day 7

Seminar Five

Quality assurance and improvement (KSS 6)

Learning outcomes:

  • How to manage the politics, corporate centre and other local authority pressures
  • Understanding the tension between professional social work accountability and local government

Morning Session One

  • The local government environment: Managing the politicians and the role of the corporate centre

Morning Session Two

  • Use of data and statistics: How the Family Justice Review identified and made use of data to inform practice

Afternoon

  • Scenario: Based on children’s social care experiencing tensions with a corporate centre
Day 8

Final Residential (part 1) - February 2020

Reflecting on participant’s experience of the programme

Learning outcomes:

  • Reflections on own progress during the year
  • Preparation for becoming a practice leader
Time Section
11:00 Registration and refreshments
11:30 Session 1: Showcasing service development 
13:00 Lunch
13:45 Session 2: Showcasing service development 
15:45 Break
16:15 Session 3: Development coaches to provide final assessments to their coaches
17:15 End of day one
18:00 Close and Check-in to rooms
19:30 Dinner

 

Day 9

Final Residential (part 2) - February 2020

Reflecting on participant’s experience of the programme

Learning outcomes:

  • Reflections on own progress during the year
  • Preparation for becoming a practice leader
Time Section
07:00 Breakfast (07:00 - 09:00)
09:00 Session 4: Group activity based in the city
10:15 Break
10:35 Session 5: Next steps, preparing for interviews or the first few months of being a practice leader
12:30 Lunch
13:15 Session 6: 
  • Introduction to the 'in role' phase of the programme
  • Continuing to work together as group in the future
  • Future relationship with development coaches 
15:00 Closing comments
15:30 Close