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Trust announced as Partner in Practice to help the government improve children's services

The Department for Education has announced today (Thursday 15 March) that Doncaster Children's Services Trust is to become one of its Partners in Practice, helping to drive forward sector led improvements.

It will see the Trust at the forefront of positive change to the national children’s social care sector by giving specialist peer support to other authorities and trusts that are currently or at risk of becoming inadequate or are not demonstrating sufficient improvement to achieve a ‘good’ judgement. The Trust is one of only eight Partners in Practice across the country.

Over the next two years, the Trust will be working with a number of organisations, delivering tailored packages to address their needs and ensure sustainable change is made.

As part of the Partners in Practice scheme, the Trust has also been awarded £1.1m innovation funding from the DfE to deliver a ground-breaking programme that will look at long-standing issues around neglect. The work will see the Trust focusing on how it can eradicate the harm to teenagers caused by the neglect associated with criminal exploitation and involvement in organised crime groups. It will also focus on re-referrals of children and young people where previous interventions and support has not resulted in sustained changes. At the heart of this work will be the establishment of a new specialist multi-systemic therapy service. This work will see the Trust us working closely with its partners across Team Doncaster and we will be sharing our learning with the sector.

Speaking about the announcement, Chief Executive of Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, Paul Moffat, said: “We are proud to have been chosen to be at the forefront of positive change in the children’s social care sector, sharing our learning and providing specialists support to help drive forward improvements for children and families. This is an incredible achievement for the Trust and reflects on the hard work and dedication of the excellent team of staff and our work with partners to get children’s services to Good at such a pace and quality.

“We have always pride ourselves on continuous learning and looking at new ways to tackle those tricky issues, so we are delighted, that as part of the Partners in Practice scheme, we will have the opportunity to deliver a ground-breaking programme that will look at long-standing issues around neglect. At the heart of this work will be the establishment of a new specialist multi-systemic therapy service working closely with partners across Team Doncaster. We are looking forward to sharing our good practice for the benefit of children and families nationally.”

You can read more about the announcement on the Department for Education website here.