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Worcestershire Children First - Positive Outcomes Project (POP)

Updated: Jul 16


Teresa Bufton, Team Manager

Worcestershire Children First (WCF) is the wholly owned Council Company providing an alternative delivery model for children's services across Worcestershire. Its mission is to make a positive impact on the lives of children and young people between the ages of 0 – 25 years, their families and carers, by providing outstanding child and young people-focused services where practice and practitioners flourish and life opportunities for all are maximised. The vision for WCF is for Worcestershire to be a wonderful place for all children and young people to grow up.


On 11th August 2020, WCF will launch the Positive Outcomes Project (POP) which is an innovative project that aims to deliver services for children and young people within their communities whilst providing high quality placements for student social workers. POP has worked closely with Worcestershire County Council’s Social Work Academy (SWA) in creating, planning and implementing the project. POP will continue to work collaboratively with the SWA to ensure that all students receive high quality practice learning opportunities with consistently high standards of practice education and supervision. Part of the investment of WCF in to POP is to provide practice learning opportunities for student social workers within children’s services to invest in our future workforce.


POP will provide 1:1 work with children and young people or provide group work for children in their school setting. Work will be agreed in partnership with parents/carers and children/young people and consent will be obtained before these services are delivered.


Examples of the work POP could be involved with include:


Work in schools with children/young people where this criteria is met:

  • Level 3 needs e.g. vulnerable learners and children with adverse childhood experiences contextual safeguarding e.g. child sexual exploitation, child criminal exploitation, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, bullying, cyber-bullying, drug use ‘County Lines’.

  • Domestic abuse

  • Knife crime

  • Emotional and well-being (awareness and coping strategies)

  • Feeling safe, getting safe and making safe decisions

  • Relationships and networking

  • Preventing family breakdowns

Work with Social Work Teams:

  • Identity and life story work

  • Assessment work - Initial assessments, safeguarding (carrying out CA 1989 s.17 assessments, developing Signs of Safety Plans and Child in Need plans) as well as child protection assessments (CA 89 s.47 assessments, co-working with qualified social workers, preparing for and attending CP Strategy Meetings)


POP will link in with other services within WCF such as the Early Help Family Support Teams, Initial Assessment Social Work Teams and Social Work Teams across districts in Worcestershire to provide seamless services to children and young people. The project will increase partnership work with schools and other agencies who are delivering targeted services to children and young people. This will not only help to establish and develop the project but will explore and develop the most effective response to emerging themes and additional support required in these areas.


WCF is a strong and experienced partner of the local HEIs and currently provide practice learning opportunities for students for their 70-day or 100-day practice placements. The POP team consists of a qualified and experienced Social Work Team Manager and 3 qualified and experienced Social Workers, who are all qualified Practice Educators at Stage 2. This is a stand-alone team and whilst Practice Educators are qualified and experienced social workers, they will not be holding a caseload of their own. Their focus is on educating, supporting, supervising and assessing student social workers and working closely with HEIs.


For further information about the Positive Outcomes Project please email: POP@worcschildrenfirst.org.uk.

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