Re-organise Children and Families into Patch Teams

I think that the Patch System – i.e. where a team works within a defined geographical area - has a lot to commend it. At present there are five secondary schools on the Island. I think it would be good for there to be five Children and Families Social Work Teams, each having a patch which covers the catchment area of a secondary school and its feeder primary schools. 

 

 

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I think that the Patch System – i.e. where a team works within a defined geographical area - has a lot to commend it.
 At present there are five secondary schools on the Island. I think it would be good for there to be five  Children and Families Social Work Teams, each having a patch which covers the catchment area of a secondary school and its feeder primary schools. Each social work team would deal with all referrals – both new referrals and repeat ones – that arise in its patch. This would enable the social workers to built up good working relationships with both families and other agencies. I believe it would offered a degree of continuity that you don’t get if cases are allocated on an all-island basis and then passed over to another team after the assessment is done. I also believe it would probably lead to greater job satisfaction for the social workers, because they would see cases through from beginning to end, they could sometimes nip problems in the bud instead of reacting to crises. Also, by dealing with a wide variety of cases they would be less likely to “burn out". 
I know nobody likes change, and some people might see what I am suggesting as taking a retrograde step, but I think it should be possible to change to a patch system, while still retaining all that is good about the current system. I think it may lead to better practice, and may help them with their recruitment and retention problems. 

by Commish on August 03, 2018 at 10:45AM

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