September, 2020

Children's Services news

Welcome note from Jenny

Jenny Coles

Welcome to another edition of CS News and the start of a very different new academic year. I know how incredibly hard everyone has been working behind the scenes in preparation for the reopening of schools and education settings, including transport colleagues who have had a very complex task! It has been extremely challenging, and will continue to be for some time, as we try to navigate ourselves through these unprecedented times. But as always, your hard work and dedication has been relentless.

However, I do hope that you managed to take a break over the summer. It’s important that we take time out as our overall wellbeing is so important for us to continue doing what we do.

The GCSE and A levels results for Children Looked After have improved again on last year and that’s fantastic. We also have 60 of our young people (CLA) at university and we have our first PhD student and that’s simply inspiring. So well done to everyone.

I was also delighted to hear about the keyworker vision project - Hertfordshire to lead the way in national key worker pilot -  and I will certainly be following its progress.

So, as we move into another phase of the year our ways of working will continue to change and evolve. If you haven’t had chance yet, make sure you watch Owen’s recent video on future ways of working. Children’s Services has now completed our Adapt, Adopt and Abandon exercise which will inform how we move going forward.

Thanks to you all for your hard work.

As always, stay safe and take care.

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