Children & Families
Learning & development
Learning and development doesn’t just happen in a classroom, our Children & Families social care professionals have access to a wide variety of learning experiences; learning from peers, mentors and the families our staff are working with, online resources, interactive learning at lunch to lectures and courses from professionals at the top of their game.
Essex Social Care Academy
ECC has its own dedicated Social Care Academy (ESCA). This award winning team delivers a wide ranging CPD opportunities to social workers, senior practitioners, team managers, alternately qualified staff and foster carers.
ESCA offers you a comprehensive package from your first day at ECC and for your entire career. ESCA keeps a close eye on contemporary social work practice issues and ensures C&F staff are trained and supported to manage these through a tiered approach to training.
Qualified Frontline Practitioners Training
ESCA will offer a wide range of courses to support L&D as a qualified social worker, senior practitioner or team manager. Courses are delivered by specialists in their fields to ensure that you get current knowledge and practical skills that are easily transferred into practice.
ESCA works with local and national HEI’s to bring a suite of Masters modules to you from the leaders in their fields. ESCA has also seen 212 social workers become Practice Educators since 2013 and they have helped shape and mentor the next wave of social workers.
Our Systemic programme runs from ASYE through to our leadership and management.
The courses reflect the PCF and KSS and it all complements the approach of staff being equipped with the right skills and tools to make a positive change in families through building effective relationships.
Community Care Inform
Essex County Council subscribes to Community Care Inform so that all our qualified practitioners can have access to help and support in their role. Community Care Inform is an online resource that provides an effective way to keep up to date with the latest research, practice guidance, legislation and case law. It means that practitioners are able to learn through their case work, continually expand their knowledge base and make confident decision and assessments based on evidence quality.