Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families Edward Timpson MP (front centre) and Chief Social Worker for Children and Families Isabelle Trowler, with Trust Chair Colin Hilton (rear left), Trust Chief Executive Paul Moffat (rear right) and some of the Tr

Trust achievements praised by Minister

Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families Edward Timpson MP praised the ‘positive impact’ of  Doncaster Children's Services Trust at its second anniversary celebration.

He was joined by Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker for Children and Families, who also had an encouraging message; as well as young people from the borough, who shared their experiences on the services delivered by the Trust.

Mr Timpson gave the keynote speech at the event, at the Keepmoat Stadium, which was attended by 150 delegates and which showcased some of the ways in which Doncaster is now doing things differently for children. 

In his speech, Mr Timpson, said he continued to see an improvement in services delivered by the Trust: “The recent Ofsted comments are a cause for celebration. They confirm for me that the Trust is having a positive impact on children, young people and families in Doncaster,” he said.

Meanwhile, in her speech, Isabelle Trowler said: “Your progress motivates and inspires us… It is a mark of respect and trust that the Minister has come here today.”

The event also included presentations by some of the Trust’s young advisors, during which they explained the circle of support involved in their lives, as well as personal accounts of growing up in care and of the importance of peer support.

Details of some of the Trust’s innovative schemes were also given, including the EPIC project designed to prevent young people getting involved in crime and anti-social behaviour; and the Growing Futures project designed to tackle domestic abuse and violence.

The Trust is the first of its kind to be established in the UK, following an agreement with the government and Doncaster Council to pioneer new, dynamic, ways of providing outstanding care to local children and families.

It works with partners across the borough, from police, education, charity and health service sectors, as well as organisations including Doncaster Rugby League and Doncaster Rovers Belles LFC.The Trust has been praised as making ‘significant progress’ by Ofsted inspectors. In a letter following a monitoring visit in October 2016, the inspection agency highlights the Trust’s ‘significant progress in improving the quality of work’ and notes that ‘The voice of the child is clear in the vast majority of cases seen.’

It adds: ‘No children were seen to be in situations of unassessed, unmanaged or unacceptable risk.’

In an earlier report, following a monitoring visit in August, inspectors praised the ‘comprehensive and detailed action plan’ which is leading to ‘coordinated improvements across the service’ in Doncaster.

Speaking at the anniversary event, Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families, Edward Timpson said: “Since my last visit, it is promising to see that the Trust knows where it still needs to improve to ensure the most vulnerable children and families in this area get the help they need. This event is about marking the progress that has already been made and recognising the efforts of the passionate social workers who are helping to deliver these improvements. I look forward to hearing of even greater things in the months and years to come.”

Trust Chief Executive Paul Moffat said: “The first year was all about finding our feet at the Trust. Having now been praised twice by Ofsted for our ‘significant progress’, we know we are headed on the right trajectory.   As Ofsted says, we know ourselves well and we have a long term, detailed, plan of what needs to be done and when and we are fully confident of reaching our target of being ‘good’ by next autumn.

“Staff morale is high, with everyone committed to providing the best service we can to children and young people - and that is what we are all about. The many programmes that we have developed during the past two years to tackle issues, including domestic abuse and sexual exploitation, are really making a difference to the outcomes for local families and they will continue to do so.”

“Congratulations, as well as thanks, must go to our staff, who have worked tirelessly to make the past two years such a success. We could not have done it without them. We know we have a lot more to do but we are confident we can do it.”

 

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