England’s chief social worker for children and families Isabelle Trowler praised the ‘positive progress’ made by Doncaster Children’s Services Trust following a visit to its HQ this month.
The Trust was set up in October last year, following an agreement between the Government and local authority.
Its remit is to pioneer innovative ways to provide outstanding services for children and families.
Ms Trowler met the Trust’s senior leadership team and frontline social workers.
Staff told her about a range of innovative projects which each aim to get to the heart of family problems, rather than simply intervening in crisis situations.
They included ‘Pause’ which focuses on mothers who have had more than one child taken into care, offering them a chance to be supported to take control of their lives.
A second major project, which has been backed by £3m from the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme, aims to break the cycle of domestic abuse within families.
Paul Moffat, Chief Executive of the Trust, said: “We are delighted that England’s Chief Social Worker has chosen to visit us and see the progress the Trust has made over recent months. We believe our work is putting Doncaster on the map and we intend to be a centre of excellence in children’s social care.
“We are working closely with our partners to develop new solutions to long-standing problems.
“In particular we want to break through damaging cycles of behaviour to keep children safe and well over the long term.”
Isabelle Trowler added: “It was so refreshing to come to Doncaster and hear about such positive progress.
“The Trust clearly has some very talented social workers determined to make a supportive difference for local families.”