ALDCS In Person Child Social Work Statement


In November 2022, London's Directors of Children's Services and Practice Leaders worked collaboratively to develop a regional statement of 'Principles & Practice for In Person Working in Child & Family Social Work' in line with best practice and to promote equity across the workforce.

The statement recognises the positive benefits which post-pandemic flexible working has brought to staff whilst emphasising the importance of relationship based practice in social work to assess the risk and needs for children and families, supervision & wellbeing of practitioners themselves and the shared knowledge and resources which can result from in person working.

Read the statement


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Please see the LIIA SEND Bulletin for March 2023 here, available for download.

This month, LIIA ran a workshop for London Authorities and colleagues across the SEND Partnership looking at the new Ofsted Inspection Framework for Local Area SEND Inspections.


LIIA (working on behalf of the Association of London Directors of Children's Servics) shortlisted for prestigious London Government Chronicle (LGC) award.

Please find the SEND Bulletin for February here, available for download. 

'Together for London's Children'

This week saw us proudly host our annual children’s summit and first in-person event post-pandemic at The Livery Hall, Guildhall alongside the Association of London Directors of Children’s Services (ALDCS). It was attended by over 160 delegates made up of a wide variety of London-wide senior figures from children and young people’s services.

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LIIA has recently taken over co-ordination of the Youth Justice Strategic Leader's Network. Click here to read the latest YJSL Newsletter.





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LIIA and the Your Choice team were joined by Martin P Griffiths CBE DL Trauma Surgeon and Violence Reduction Lead NHS England, and Clare Bingham, Consultant Clinical Psychologist.


The Adolescent Safeguarding in London practice handbook is now available, commissionined by LIIA and funded by the DfE via the Recovery Fund.