Are you 16 – 25 and interested in app development?

Prince’s Trust

Get Started with Apps

Are you 16-25? Want to learn new skills? Interested in app development? Programme runs 5th March – 9th March 2018, Birmingham Taster/selection day will be held on 28th February 2018

Meet new people and improve your digital skills by working on a group challenge to come up with an app idea, before designing and developing a prototype to present to the technology experts.

Not only will it help you discover new talents and develop new skills, but you’ll also benefit from support from one of our mentors to help you uncover your next steps.

è Gain skills in app building and digital technology  è Get Creative and meet new people  è Improve your teamwork, communication skills and boost your confidence è Learning about coding  è Design and produce an app  è Travel expenses paid on programme è Doesn’t affect your benefits è Up to three months support to help you find further training and employment

To join the course or find out more: Search ‘Prince’s Trust’ Text ‘Call me’ to 07983 385 418 Call for free on 0800 842 842

What an honour!

Last week the team attended Dudley’s Centre for Professional Practice’s staff recognition awards at Himley Hall. It was a wonderful event which celebrated the achievements of staff and recognised those that go the extra mile. Staff including support staff, social workers, managers and teams were praised.
There was an incredibly poignant moment when Howard Woolfenden shared a story of how a social worker Russell Savage who was awarded a Special Recognition Award had changed the life of an incredibly vulnerable young person in our borough and how she shared with him how his actions had literally saved her life. It touched everyone in the room and really demonstrated how incredible the people who work hard to support children and young people are and the difference they make in Dudley.
What was also really special and humbling was that the Centre for Professional Practice gave an award that recognised people who work with children and young people in the community and…WE WON!!!!!
Sue Butcher congratulated the team for the work we are involved in. It was really special to be recognised by partners and the award takes pride of place on the fireplace in our office at Dudley CVS.
“This really was a great event particularly coming at the end of our innovative Practice Week. The buzz was fantastic. I laughed, cried and every emotion in between. So many wonderful people doing their best for Dudley’s children. Celebrate #teamDudley” Sue Butcher – Head of Children’s Services
Darren Shaw and his team did an amazing job of providing lots of opportunities to get involved and learn new things as part of the innovative practice week. Children, young people and their families are at the heart of communities in Dudley and we are working together to improve services to give children the best start in life and support families to be independent, responsible and successful. It’s great to be able to collaborate and work with partners in such meaningful and valued ways.

CYIC award

Even though it was ‘dry January’ the award winning team thought that such recognition on a Friday deserved after work celebrations! Happy times from a very proud team!



DSCB Training

There are still places available on the Safeguarding course Safer Recruitment. Please follow the links for more information and any additional dates.  A booking form is attached for completion and return ( should you wish to reserve a place on any of these events

Safer Recruitment  – Friday 9th February 2018, 9:00 – 5:00 at Saltwells

The one day course, separated into 4 modules, looks at how safer recruitment fits within the wider context of safeguarding, focusing on good recruitment and selection practices and set out procedures and strategies to help managers deter, identify and reject applications who are unsuitable to work with children

Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) – 20th February 2018, at Saltwells

DCSB has adopted the GCP2 assessment and is offering a one day training programme to enable practitioners to effectively use the tool. The GCP2 is a practical tool which supports practitioners in measuring the quality of care delivered to an individual child from an individual carer or carers over a short window of time, and is designed to give a representative overview of the current level of care. The grades are based on observations and good quality evidence gathered during this window.

All practitioners using the GCP2 must have attended and passed this licensed training programme. DSCB is working towards making GCP2 training mandatory so please prioritise this.