Tavistock and Portman integrated approach praised in OFSTED report

1 December 2017

Our work of our child and adolescent mental health staff in Camden was recently recognised in a report published by the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (OFSTED). 

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The London Borough of Camden OFSTED Inspection, published November 24, looked at services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after, and care leavers and, also reviewed the effectiveness of the Local Safeguarding Children Board.

We support social workers in Camden through provision of expertise and training, and we have Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust staff integrated in frontline Social Work and Early Help teams across the borough, a relationship which was praised within the report.  Our medical director is an active member of the local safeguarding board, which OFSTED also rated outstanding,

OFSTED concluded that “Social workers enjoy working in Camden and benefit from manageable caseloads and analytical, reflective group supervision. This is underpinned by systemically trained senior practitioners, working cohesively with highly skilled child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) staff who are integrally located across frontline services. This allows social workers to explore and implement imaginative and bold approaches to assess and support families.”

The inspection also acknowledged the importance of our systemic model of practice, saying “A learning culture is well supported by the use of a systemic model of practice. This enables social workers and other frontline workers to gradually increase their skills and knowledge through a continuous training and development framework.

Andy Wiener, who leads the Camden Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, said: 

“We’re proud to contribute to the positive rating achieved by Camden Council and delighted to see recognition of our integrated approach in the borough.”

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