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South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership Celebration and Achievements Conference 2019

Welcome and Overview of the day –

 Carly Speechley


Carly Speechley
 Awards Ceremony – Carly Speechley – Director of Children and Families Sheffield City Council



ASYE of the Year

  • Winner – Sam Parsons
  • Runner up – Megan Stanley

Student of the Year

  • Winner – Helen Price
  • Runner up – Amica Hyacinth

Social Worker of the Year

  • Winner – Lisa Couch
  • Runner up – Adrian Rushton

Manager of the Year

  • Winner – Louise Danks
  • Runner up – Katie Fisher

Practice Educator of the Year

Joint Winners – Kay Newton and Caroline Pickard

Extra Mile

  • Winner – Yvette Cotton
  • Runner up – Joanne Askew
 Film Festival – Highlights – Dr David Johnson Sheffield Hallam University Film Festival – Experts by Experience

Workshops 1
  • Caring 2 Learn Team – Lincolshire
  • Contextual Safeguarding – Barnsley
  • Practice Development Supervisors Programme – Rotherham
Workshops 2
  • Role of Social Worker in Mental Health – Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust
  • Hear Me – Doncaster Children’s Services Trust
  • Transitions and Assistive Technology – Adults Collaboration
So what does Social Work under WTO Rules look like?–Allan Norman – University of Sheffield  Allan’s Presentation
Colum Conway –Chief Executive, Social Work England – Importance of CPD for Social Workers

Colum Conway
Professor Sue White – Summary & Close
Kay Newton


Louise Danks and Lisa Couch
Yvette Cotton, Caroline Pickard and Katie Fisher
Helen Price and Sam Parsons





Date: 13th November 2019

Time: 10-4

Venue: Sheffield Hallam University, Owen Building Room 1029, City Campus, Sheffield City Centre

This one day workshop is aimed at staff working in the adult social care sector. It is designed to raise awareness about the legal context of adult social care and to assist staff to identify their role within it. The workshop will cover:

– The Human Rights Act (1998)

– The Care Act (2014)

– The Mental Capacity Act (2005)

– The Liberty Protection Safeguards

Please note this is only open to local authorities who are within the  South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership.

Please email – SYTP-CPDModules&

We need your name,  team and local authority and your business unit code.  Your place will only be confirmed once we have these details.

If you book a place and do not attend then you will still be charged.

Closing date for booking a place is 30th September 2019.


Date: 4th December 2019

Time: 10-4

Venue: Cantor Building Room 9315, Sheffield Hallam University City Campus, Arundel Gate, Sheffield. (Just a 5 minute walk from the train station)

In recent years we have seen a rapidly growing interest in the use of strength based approaches in health and social care. But what are strength based approaches and how can we apply them to our practice? This learning session is designed to provide you with an overview of the research and policy context of strength based practice and to introduce you to some strength based  tools, techniques and models  which you can apply to your practice.

Rachel McManus, Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University will be delivering this session.  We are running this again due to previous high demand.   There are 50 places available and there is a small charge of £50 per place.

Please note this is only open to local authorities who are within the  South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership.

Please emailSYTP-CPDModules&

We need your name,  team and local authority and your business unit code.  Your place will only be confirmed once we have these details.

If you book a place and do not attend then you will still be charged.

Closing date for booking a place is 30th September 2019.

Interface Evaluate South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership

Interface was commissioned in September 2018 to conduct an evaluation of the South Yorkshire Social Work Teaching Partnership.

The evaluation activities took place between October 2018 and February 2019. Interface would like to thank all the stakeholders involved in the evaluation for their time and insight, on which this evaluation is largely based.

Interface has since been chosen to provide an evaluation for the DfE on the Social Work Teaching Partnership (SWTP) programme across England.

Please download a copy of the report SYTP Evaluation Report 2019


MASTERCLASS: Positive risk taking in safeguarding adults

INTERACTIVE INTRODUCTORY LEARNING   for Adult Social Care Staff within the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership 

 Sheffield Hallam University, Charles Street Building City Campus, Sheffield

Thursday 18 July 2019 at 9:00 – 16:00

Risk assessment and risk management have long been a major concern for social care services when working with members of the public. In supporting and working with adults there are several challenges in terms of understanding legal and ethical tensions, and in developing the skills for recognising and responding. This one day programme will explore some of these challenges and build knowledge and skills for practice. It will be relevant for people whose roles bring them into contact with adults where there are potential issues of risk, vulnerability and safeguarding.

This event is facilitated by Louise Whitehead from Sheffield Hallam University. Her background is in adult social work and adult safeguarding. She is currently completing a Ph.D. exploring the role of co-production in combating social isolation and loneliness in later life. Her research interests also include adult safeguarding and she has recently been part of the Sheffield Hallam University research team which has explored the implementation of Making Safeguarding Personal. She has worked in lecturing and as a professional trainer too.

This masterclass has been commissioned especially for social care staff across South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership.  There is a small charge of £50 per person to cover the cost of the masterclass and therefore we regret that there will be no refunds should you fail to attend or cancel.  We will ask you to provide us with your business cost centre code prior to confirmation of booking. 

How do I book?

Email:    SYTP-CPDModules& by the 28th June 2019

There are 30 places available on a first come, first served basis.

Social Work Practice and Development CPD Framework 2020/2021

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 adhere 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