Our team have forged their reputation of high quality work through frontline experience.
We know it because we have lived it! Everyone on our team has direct frontline experience & high quality skills built from years of working in the child protection industry.
Our collective experience in both government & non-government organisations has refined our unique service offering.
We have worked with clients experiencing child protection concerns, domestic and family violence, drug and alcohol misuse, intellectual impairments, homelessness and mental health. This means we know the difficulties of the system and the barriers for teams to meet the needs of their clients. We will work with you to find, build and implement solutions to your practice challenges.
We provide consultancy in child protection through a number of tailored, individualised services:
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We walk alongside of your team member, meeting before, during and after completing an assessment of a carer, guardian or parent. This is help them to holistically identify risks and gaps, supporting them to source appropriate evidence and catalogue this information professionally and appropriately. We do not simply write the assessment for your staff member: we build their capacity to be able to write exceptional pieces of work, for all their future assessments!
Whether you have a full contingent of staff and do not require outsourcing of assessments or whether you wish to simply have an external review of the work your team is already providing, our Quality Assurance practitioners carefully review reports written by your team, providing a helicopter view to ensure risk is carefully addressed, strengths are highlighted and recommendations are evidence-driven and accurate. All QAs use tracked changes and comment editing to ensure staff feel supported and mentored to improve long term practice.
Working in Child Protection is a difficult, complex industry, one fraught with burnout and compassion fatigue by even the most seasoned of practitioners. Source external supervision by a SCS professional with many decades of experience to ensure you can debrief, receive guidance and support, and be mentored in how you work ethically, positively and safely with the most vulnerable members of the community, children in foster care, alongside of birth parents and/or foster carers.
A Community of Practice brings together staff, carers, clients and community members, or a mixture of all the above, to engage in discussion and learning about a particular topic of interest. Let SCS build and facilitate a CoP process for your team, organisation or client group to help guide practice, build capacity, develop new strategies and tools, and work collaboratively on the most pertinent of issues affecting your staff today.
SCS partners with evaluation and research companies as content experts in the child protection field. We have worked on a number of critical evaluation projects, such as the Intensive Early Childhood Development program, which have been successfully evaluated and re-funded due to their positive outcomes. SCS project staff provide support and guidance in relation to systems and policies within the child protection system.
Agencies seek support from SCS practitioners who have a wealth of experience in the sector to help review, feedback on and guide the development of new and long-standing programs or team structures, to ensure long-term growth and success. We do this in a collaborative, human-centred design approach to ensure clients, customers and staff are engaged and consulted as part of the process. We can also support change management process and implementation of new program designs so as to ensure staff are supported and excited about the changes ahead.
All teams go through the processes of norming, storming, forming, performing and in some cases transforming. Let SCS help you commence, review or complete your team process by leading team development days which are engaging, energetic, interesting and leave staff feeling re-invigorated and ready to be part of the new team structure, model or approach.
When complex cases, whether involving a child, family or carer household, require an independent, objective but informed view, SCS can facilitate complex case discussions or complete case reviews after critical incidents which are focused solely on growth, development and learning, rather than critique, judgement or blame. Agencies report they gain valuable insights from working with our experienced team to unpack cases when challenges have occurred, so as to learn from and gain confidence to ensure risks are mitigated in the future.
At times, cases become complicated and complex, so having a skilled, experienced practitioner from Social Care Solutions assist to review, reflect with, consider options and build strategies, ensures your staff are being supported in their most difficult of work, while also building their capacity for future cases.
Using an external facilitator ensures birth parents feel the process is more equitable and objective, so that the team can build a useful, achievable case plan for the child or children in your care. Utilising an experienced SCS facilitator ensures your staff and management team can feel confident they are impartial, well-informed and have a thorough knowledge of the child protection system.
Get a quote on any of our consultancy services by contacting us online or call 0423 826 543 to discuss your tailored, individualised service request.
I feel as though I need to once again express how grateful we are to have worked alongside your service, it has been such a supportive and easy process. I have just finished reading this and I am very pleased with the content covered. It is very thorough and I do not feel there is anything missing. Thank you for your additional assistance and willingness to work with this family. You have been able to develop a trusting relationship quite early into the process."