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Social Work Practice and Development CPD Framework 2019/2020

The brochure for the next academic year’s CPD modules is now available only for the local authorities within the partnership.

The brochure will be sent to managers within the partnership to inform their team and identify workers who would like to take a module. Every worker and their manager will need to sign a learning contract which highlights the commitment expected in terms of time and completion.

Modules for both children and adult social workers and practitioners will be available.

There is a registration process that all workers need to adher to.



Film Festival featuring ‘experts by experience’

On February 22nd over 100 people came together to attend this unique event, which was held at the Dorothy Flemming Lecture Theater, Sheffield Hallam University.

The event was opened by Sarah Blackmore, of Social Work England and compared by Alison Haywood, Service User Lead for Sheffield University.

14 films from across the partnership from both childrens’ and adult service users.

Film name Where from
Who Cares Lincolnshire Children’s services
I am Sheffield Young Carers
Young Carers in Sheffield Sheffield Young Carers
Young Advisors Young Advisors in Doncaster
Our Stories Sheffield Young Carers
We Care, Do You? Sheffield Young Carers
Precious Things Rotherham Children’s Service
Messages for Social Workers Sheffield Children in Care Council
Strength Based Approaches Sheffield Adults
Luke Pickles Doncaster Adults
Sharon and Alexa Doncaster Adults
Pause Doncaster Children’s Trust
Carers Charter Sheffield Carers Centre
Recovery Sheffield Drug and Alcohol Team

A Sheffield Foster Carer reflects on the Film Festival…

I had the pleasure of being invited to a film festival held in Sheffield at the Dorothy Fleming Lecture Theatre, kindly made available by Sheffield Hallam University. I had no idea what films were to be shown, I was only aware that the films were the brain child’s of “experts by experience” i.e. local and regional service users and carers. There were 14 short films in total ranging from just a few minutes to around 15 minutes.

As a foster carer I was particularly looking forward to the films presented by children and young people. I really wasn’t disappointed. Four films from Sheffield Young Carers really brought home to me how wonderful these kids really are. There are children as young as 5 (yes 5!) who are carrying out caring roles in their family life. These kids and young people are also going to school/college and have little or no “normal life” experiences that many of our kids have. They are real heroes.

There was a great film from the Rotherham Children’s Service which highlighted the importance of personal possessions that kids coming into care bring with them. They are important reminders of where they come from, family memories and who they are. How poignant were the messages from this film.

A film from Lincolnshire Children’s Services depicted a single mom with 4 children, one of whom had autism. The mom had in the past suffered from a small stroke and had struggled to cope with looking after her family.  Up stepped the kids who made lots of personal sacrifices to care for each other, cleaning, cooking, looking after the child with autism and still maintaining their education. They were all clearly under pressure and stressed but they so cared for their mom and each other. Wonderful bunch.

Sheffield Children in Care Council’s film “Messages for Social Workers” focused around how children and young people expect their social worker to behave.  It’s not what you do it’s the way that you do it.  The outcome from the film was that 10 Golden Rules for social workers were produced by the Care Council.

The second half of the Film Festival showed films dealing with issues faced by adults and services available for them.

As if the films weren’t enough, there was popcorn at the interval and a really nice buffet at the end enabling plenty of networking and finding out more about the people behind the films.

Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management Awards 2019

The third Cohort of the PgCert in Leadership and Management had their graduation ceremony on February 27th at Sheffield University’s Halifax Hall. Dot Smith, Project Lead attended on behalf of the teaching partnership.

12 Senior Managers/practitioners from across the partnership successfully completed this course.


Bastin Ruth
Bonner Laura Jane
Cohen David Francis
Danks Louise
Freeman Rachel Elizabeth
Hylton Victoria Elizabeth
Jelley Gordon
McAllister Katie Louise
Mcgreavy Marie
Mckenzie Faye Elizabeth
Purdie James
Thomas Steven James

Film Festival – Featuring ‘experts by experience’

A FREE half day event hosted by the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership

South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership are proud to be hosting a first… a Film Festival dedicated to showcasing films from experts by experience – children, young people and adults.  We are screening films designed to inform, challenge and inspire,  positioned within the world of social care or with transferable messages.  We will showcase films designed to impact on face to face interventions or on the development and delivery of services as a whole.

Following the screenings there will be a networking lunch with opportunities to meet the filmmakers, academics and social work colleagues from across the partnership.

Dorothy Flemming Theater, Charles Street Building, Sheffield Hallam University Friday February 22nd 9:30 – 1:00


9:30  Registration

10:00 – 12:00 Film Screenings

12:00 Lunch – Networking and ‘talk time’

Please share this invite with any colleagues or agencies that you think will want to attend.

For more information about the practicalities (including special dietary requirements) or how to get involved please email

To submit films suggestions or questions please email

To book your place please use this link:


Evaluating the performance of social care as a system: an introduction to the Vanguard Method

A one day  workshop delivered by Joanne Gibson and Brendan O’Donovan of Vanguard Consulting – Chaired by Sue White University of Sheffield

Wednesday March 6th 10am until 4pm  at University of Sheffield, Elmfield, Seminar Room G18

We have worked with a variety of social care organisations in the public and voluntary sectors. Our studies show that many public service systems are set up to assess rather than understand, to transact rather than build relationships, to refer on cases rather than taking individual responsibility and to prescribe packages of activity instead of taking the time to understand what might improve someone’s life. The result is that problems people face are not resolved, public services generate escalating levels of ‘failure demand’, and costs are driven ever upwards.

How can things be done differently? What might a concrete alternative look like? That is what we will try to explain over this session which has been designed to provide you with a different frame of reference, hopefully creating some curiosity and encouraging you to learn more about the Vanguard Method, in order to tackle some of the issues that you and your services face.

The Vanguard Method is unique in that it starts by studying a service as a system from the service user’s point of view, to gain knowledge of the ‘what and why’ of current performance. This session will give a high-level explanation of the key Vanguard Method principles required to study and understand how and why your current system works in the way that it does. We will go on to talk about what has been learnt through the application of the Vanguard Method in various people centred services, giving examples and results from organisations that have started to work in a different way.

This day will act as an introduction to what you could learn on a 12-day practical module that we are planning to run in conjunction with Sheffield University.

This Masterclass forms part of the module ‘Researching Everyday Practice’ There are 10 places available at a cost of £50 per student on a first come, first served basis.

Contact: , interim Project Manager to book a place by 15th February 2019.

Further information from

Revised ASYE CPD Module 2019

After feedback from ASYEs and practitioners the University of Sheffield’s ASYE module has been revised. The revisions were agreed at November’s SYTP Strategy Board and this will now be rolled out to all Partners.

From February  2019 the ASYE module will consist of a 2 one day workshops, which will run 3 times a year.  At the 6 month review period each ASYE will have a meeting with their Team Manager/Social Work Consultant and a decision will be made about whether they are ready to be put forward for the ASYE module.  If it has been agreed their name will be forwarded to the ASYE Lead at the University of Sheffield, Lynda Hughes.  The ASYE will then be contacted with the dates they have been allocated.  The final assessment, after the 2 one day workshops  will be a 15 minute presentation on a topic they will be given before hand.

The CPD module will still carry 15 credits.  Further information please contact ASYE Module Lead – Lecturer at the University of Sheffield

SYTP Evaluation

We have recently commissioned and contracted with an independent organisation called Interface Enterprises to undertake an evaluation of the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership as this is a requirement of the DfE/DH.

Interface will meet up with a range of stakeholders either in focus groups – with representatives from each local authority hopefully attending, or with individuals. We are in the process of arranging these groups and they will take place between November 2018 and February 2018. Groups include:

• Practice Educators
• Placement Leads
• Social workers who have been on CPD/ASYAM courses
• Strategy Board
• Children’s Practice Development Group
• Adult’s Practice Development Group
• Sheffield Hallam University students and University of Sheffield students
• Key individuals – either face to face meetings or over the phone.

The evaluation will look at the outcomes and impact arising from the partnership’s activity, and identify what has worked well/hasn’t worked well. The evaluation report will be circulated to all SYTP stakeholders and will make recommendations for the future sustainability of the Partnership. The report will be presented at the March 2019 Strategy Board.

Masterclass – CSA November 19th 2019

Sexual abuse in the family – Rethinking disclosure and applying research and theory to practice.

19th November 2018   13:00 to 17:00

Town Hall, Reception Room A, Pinstone Street, Sheffield

Delivered by Anna Glinski from the National Centre of Excellence on CSA .

Current research indicates that children who are sexually abused are most likely to have been abused by someone within the family environment, but it is often a challenge to know what the best approach is when you suspect sexual abuse is happening.  Drawing on research, theory and practice experience, this workshop will consider the areas we can explore in our work with families to support a more robust, proactive and protective response.

–      What are the obstacles we face in our practice?

–      Taking a ‘whole family’ approach to assessing and intervening with families – addressing family strengths and vulnerabilities to reduce risk

–      Broadening our understanding of children’s disclosures and our roles within the disclosure process


How do I book?

There are 120 places across the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership


Practice Educator Conference April 23 2018

The Sheffield Hallam University Social Work Practice Educator Conference is now an established annual event. This year’s conference brought together over 160 Practice Educators.  Keynote presentations and workshops were planned in response to feedback from past conference delegates that identified areas of focus for professional education and practise.

The first part of the 2018 conference included four keynote presentations:

Mark Doel, Emeritus Professor of Social Work at Sheffield Hallam University, considered professional social work identity and storytelling through Social Work in 42 Objects;

Pete Nelson, Principal Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, presented findings from recent research which considered whether child obesity is a child protection issue;

Suzannah Rockett and Wendy Zayne, Practice Development Manager and Child Protection Conference Chair at Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, reminded participants of the importance of safeguarding in professional Social Work practise;

Steve Chu, Chief Executive at Age UK Sheffield, promoted the contribution of social work to third sector organisations.

During the second part of the 2018 conference, workshops provided Practice Educators with opportunities to meet researchers who shared their work and facilitated discussion about specific aspects of supporting the practise education of students.

Dr Marelize Joubert (Sheffield Hallam University) led the workshop on Social Work students’ perception of their readiness for practice and to practise.

Chrissie Edmonds (Sheffield Hallam University)’s workshop focused on direct observation and its vital role for the practice educator.

Throughout the day, participants were encouraged to network with fellow Social Work professionals from across the sectors, sharing everyday experiences and debating common challenges faced and how these are being met by Social Workers.

Feedback from the day:

“I found it beneficial to hear the guest speakers, attend the workshop (although I would have liked to do both!) and also found it useful to hear and learn from the experiences of other practice educators”.

Enjoyed the good mix of key note speakers and the workshop topics were particularly relevant to Practice Education “.

“I really enjoyed the conference and benefitted from attending.