Devon ‘s new Child Protection Conferencing Model, ‘Stronger families: Safer Children’ is a strengths-based approach, intended to deliver a collaborative, outcome focused-approach to improving safety and increasing the skills and resilience of families.

Feedback from families since the launch of our model on 1st February, 2017 have endorsed the importance and value of the new approach to improving the lives of our most vulnerable children.

91% parents felt their views were listened to and included in planning.

95% parents said they understood what needed to change for their plan to end.

Strengths-based approaches concentrate on the inherent strengths of individuals, families, communities, groups and organisations, deploying personal strengths to aid recovery, change, empowerment and resilience.

The model balances a rigorous exploration of danger/harm alongside indicators of strengths and safety but is strongly focused on harnessing, developing and targeting those positive areas far more intensively and deliberately.

The model depends upon a collaborative approach in which families receive a strong and explicit message that we will try to develop a trusting and positive working relationship with them. We will help them identify their own strengths and resources and be crystal clear about what we are worried about and what we need to do together to bring about positive change. Parents, families and children must be central to and not a passive recipient of each stage of assessment and planning.

If you would like to book onto a training course for the new CP Pathway, please click here and look for “Introducing a strength-based approach to child protection in a new child protection pathway”.


 

Queries We have done our very best to consider the impact of change from every perspective however, with a change of such size, uncertainties or snags are likely. I invite you please to contact me though a dedicated queries mailbox if you need some support or clarification or need to highlight a difficulty. Your comments will be welcome and we will collate them into frequently Asked Questions regularly. Please raise any queries by emailing  business.strengthsbasedprocessqueries-mailbox@devon.gov.uk