News from tri.x

tri.x and Reconstruct join forces. We are pleased to announce that as of July 2014 tri.x has merged with Reconstruct Ltd. Click here for the full story.



We are recruiting!

The training arm of our business is seeking to recruit qualified and experienced freelance trainers who can deliver social care and social work related training within the children’s and adults’ sectors. To register your interest, please email your CV to Melanie.Burke@signisgroup.com



September Policy Briefs

Continuous Professional Development Using the Internet
Many professions require their members to record their Continuous Professional Development (CPD) to maintain their registration.

Consultation on revising Children’s Homes Regulations 2001 (as amended) to introduce new ‘Quality Standards’ – Children’s Homes Regulations: High expectations and aspirations
These proposed Quality Standards appear to be sharpening up what is already in place on ‘what to do’ and not how to do it. Children’s homes will need to evidence on how they are meeting these standards and how they are supporting an individual child in achieving. Interestingly individual standards are known as an Education Standard, which sets the tone for evidence based achievements.
It’s hard to foresee how these Quality Standards could be measured as they appear open to interpretation for the provider and individual Ofsted inspectors. Alongside these proposed new standards and regulations, Ofsted will be enforcing a new Inspection Framework, which will integrate a process for collating information relating to children’s experience and progress living in the home and how they are supported and protected.
The Guide to the children’s homes regulations, including the quality standards (September 2014), states Regulation 5 runs across the Quality Standards. It sets out the requirement that children’s homes must seek to work with those in the wider system to ensure that each child’s needs are met. This includes that if the response of the placing authority or any of the relevant persons is inadequate in relation to their role, challenge them to seek to ensure that each child’s needs are met in line with their relevant plans. The Quality Standards put more emphasis on the children’s home staff to be the conduit between the child and their achievement by proactively engaging with the local authority to shape and contribute fully to the various plans for the child’s care on an ongoing basis. In basic terms the standards reflect good parenting.

Streamlining Consideration of Deprivation of Liberty Cases in the Court of Protection
On August 7th 2014, Sir James Munby, President of the Court of Protection, handed down a preliminary judgement that sets out a framework for a streamlined system to help the Court deal with the increase in deprivation of liberty cases it faces in the light of the Supreme Court’s ruling.



Over 200 local authorities, safeguarding boards, independent providers and national agencies have commissioned Tri.x to develop their procedures manual and then keep it up to date.

An increasing number of public and independent agencies in the adult sector are commissioning us to update and maintain their social care and safeguarding procedures.

This includes single agency and regional/consortium manuals.

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  The vast majority of local authorities, LSCBs and a wide range of independent and national agencies trust us to keep their policies and procedures up to date.

We are working with a number of customer to develop regional procedures manuals and have been commissioned to update and maintain the London Child Protection Procedures.

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