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About Family Solutions Plus

Oxfordshire County Council is committed to helping children and families lead better lives. That’s not just something we say; it’s who we are and what we do.

We’ve been consistently rated as “good” by Ofsted, but we are not content with that; we are ambitious and want to do even better! At a time when many local authorities are facing financial cuts, Oxfordshire has made significant investments into children’s services, to support the implementation of a new, transformational model - Family Solutions Plus (FSP). We’re transforming the way we help our frontline social workers support our children and families to get the best outcomes possible for each and every child and family we work with.

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Intuitive as an owl.
Intuitive as a owl
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A message from Hannah Farncombe Deputy Director of Children’s Social Care

Our new way of working in Oxfordshire will bring swift help to families, delivered by workers who really get to know and understand them. Children’s interests are at the forefront of our hearts and minds, but we’re also creating teams in which practitioners get to do the quality work they only dreamt of doing in other authorities. We have great staff and managers and I want to continue attracting the best recruits to our service.

The insight to make a difference in our approach

Family Solutions Plus is comprised of locality-based, multi-disciplinary teams of professionals including specialist adult practitioners, working together to support children and their families. Our new teams bring together Social Workers, Children’s Practitioners, and adult mental health, substance misuse and domestic abuse workers to work collaboratively to achieve best outcomes for children and families.

Motivational interviewing is at the heart of our new model; we are committed to engaging families using a strength-based, solution-focused approach.

Our practice model will use a single structured ‘workbook’ approach to assess parents’ capacity for change, reducing the volume of recording for social workers.

All practitioners will participate in regular group supervision led by managers, so that risk is assessed, tackled and owned collectively.

The development of our new FSP teams has created a number of vacancies for Social Workers to join us and help shape our teams and deliver our new approach - it’s a really exciting time to join us!

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Watch our Oxfordshire Family Safeguarding Plus Webinar 20/08/2020