We’ve been noticing an increase in enquiries about using the Star in children’s social care, which may reflect upcoming changes in the requirements for outcomes measurement and keywork in this sector.
The Department for Education’s recently consulted on a new children’s social care national framework and indicators dashboard, and we were pleased to contribute to this. We welcomed the move towards more person-centred and collaborative care planning and outcomes measurement – the aims set out in the framework being very well aligned with our own (see our Enabling help report). However, we fed back our hope that the final version will include a broader range of indicators and more practical guidance about how to achieve the aims, for example, collaborative assessments to build strong relationships.
The themes of hearing the voices of people being supported, tailoring support and building trusting relationships were also very prominent in the Department for Education ‘Guide to the Supported Accommodation Regulations including Quality Standards’ for looked after children and care leavers aged 16 and 17, which was published in March. Since all providers now have to register with Ofsted and indicate how they will comply with the regulations, we have been working on a guidance document to explain how the Outcomes Star can help with this and how specific versions map across to the principles and quality standards.
Download the How To here. Contact us for more information or to share any learnings about using the Star in these settings.