Six sites unveiled for Social Care Schwartz pilots

The What Works Centre for Children's Social Care has announced the six children’s care services that will be piloting Schwartz Rounds.

They are:

  • Haringey Council

  • Liverpool City Council

  • Nottinghamshire County Council

  • Walsall Council

  • Warwickshire County Council

  • West Sussex County Council

Making the announcement, David Wilkins, from CASCADE at the University of Cardiff, who will be leading the evaluation of the pilots, wrote:

Schwartz Rounds appear to be a very good fit for children’s social care, providing a regular, structured forum for staff to come together and discuss the emotional and social aspects of their work. There cannot be many people within the social care sector, if any, who do not already recognise the power of talking and listening and bearing witness to shared experiences.

The six sites, whilst geographically spread, are also varied in size and in the particular challenges they face in their regions. Staff at each organisation will take part in a randomised control trial, designed to provide robust evidence about whether Schwartz Rounds are effective in supporting staff wellbeing in children's care services. Results are expected in March 2020.