Interface was set up by, and includes, members of the former Families Delivery Team and Families at Risk Division at the Department for Education (DfE). We have been joined by experienced associates with a background in schools, Ofsted inspections and issues associated with vulnerable children as well as implementing training and improvement programmes across Local Areas, Schools/Academies, governors and broad-based workforce development.
Here we outline some of the support that our team of national leading experts can support you with.
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We provide a range of training for school staff and governors.
All of these can be run as short workshops, after school or built in as inset days.
Our team are experienced in working in schools (with staff and governors) and in Ofsted inspections as well as implementing training and improvement programmes across Local Areas, Schools/Academies and broad-based workforce development.
We can support you with workshops and tools associated with vulnerable children and families, the school improvement/raising achievement agenda, governor support and support roles in general.
Our Director, Wendy Weal presents at the recent Community Care Live conference in Birmingham. It is the largest free social care event featuring popular innovations.Read more
Multi-academy trusts (MATs) are discriminating against children with special educational needs (SEN) by excluding disproportionate numbers.Read more
Chief children’s social worker Isabelle Trowler has been criticised for failing to give the post a high enough media or public profile.Read more
See the recent Wood report on a review of the role and functions of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) within the context of local strategic multi-agency working.Read more
Proposed changes to Local Authority Safeguarding Arrangements.Read more
Dentists are warning of a "crisis" in child dental after new figures revealed that thousands of children in England had to have decaying teeth removed last year.Read more
Aiming to lower social worker caseloads by employing 132 members by 2021.Read more
Projects aimed at improving the life chances of vulnerable children and young people could gain a share of a new £80m government fund that links payments to improved outcomes.Read more
Sir Martin Narey’s independent review of children’s residential has been published.Read more
A report by 'The Early Intervention Foundation'.Read more
The chief social worker for children speaks outRead more
Around 20 per cent of children’s social workers taking part in a trial of a controversial accreditation system did not pass, it has emerged.Read more
The government is to undertake a national “stocktake” of fostering in order to understand how the system can be improved.Read more
This consultation outlines options for reform of the child protection system in England, specifically in relation to reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect.Read more
The chief of the Institute of Health Visiting (IHV) has warned ministers against ditching the five checks health visitors are currently required to carry out on children up to two-and-a-half years old.Read more
A report by the University of Bedfordshire outlines the need for policies to support workforce.
Multi-agency inspections of how services work together to protect children within local authority areas will from next month focus on the quality of support for children living with domestic abuse, Ofsted has said.Read more
The chair of the National Association of Virtual School Heads has said that virtual school heads are sometimes told by a head teacher that a school cannot take on a looked-after child because they are full... read more...Read more
The number of children and young people in contact with mental health services is on the rise, with an increase of 6,905 in the space of two months.Read more
A total of £1.5m has been set aside by government to fund "innovative" projects that work to prevent young people from being radicalised, it has been announced.Read more
The Local Government Association (LGA) said money earmarked for education in England is too often "disappearing into the back pockets of those in charge" and they are asking to be given powers to monitor the way academies spend government cash to ensure pupils do not miss out on vital funding.Read more
Ofsted's Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, spoke at the London Councils education summit in central London.Read more
Government will award a total of £1.5m to fund "innovative" projects which will help to prevent young people from being radicalisedRead more
Since 2011 the Department for Education grant scheme handed out more than £200m to children's charities. This has now been cut to just £2.25m for the 18-month period up to April 2018Read more
Leaders call for council to be given more control to crack down on illegal schools and monitor home schooling.Read more
The Family and Childcare Trust has completed their analysis on how funding of free early education and childcare for three and four year olds. Findings highlight that the formula does not prioritise those areas that most need to boost childcare places.Read more
A plea from Chief children's social worker for England who is asking for greater involvement in supporting families in early helpRead more
Education committee launched an inquiry into how primary school reforms impacted teaching and learning.Read more
Conservative MP John Glen called for more integrated working between agencies to improve the life chances of children.Read more
Inspectors found a large variation in police responses to CSE.Read more
9/10 social workers think planned reform do not tackle main concerns facing profession.Read more
Children Commissioner's appeal to government to support family hubsRead more
A study by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) found that eating breakfast, or just attending a club, improves academic performance in maths and English of pupils aged six and seven in just two months.Read more
A £24m programme to improve gaps in mental health treatment for young offenders.Read more
Children’s service leaders are supporting Edward Timpson’s idea of a new professional body for social work which to be supported by the government.Read more
ADCS Safeguarding Pressures research has provided evidence of trends in safeguarding activity and the provision of services to children and their families based on information from local authorities in five phases spanning 2007/8 to 2015/16.Read more
Increasing numbers of children have been let down in 2016.Read more
The DfE have announced who has been successful to receive £11m of innovation funding.Read more
The two organisations agreed to share information about complaints which in turn will help drive improvements in children’s services.Read more
An announcement by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Cabinet Office encourages bids from Early Years organisations.Read more
Theresa May announces that a review will be carried out on the children and young people’s mental health services urging an improvement in this area to be a priority.Read more
Government has set up a £50m grant scheme to create 9,000 more childcare places and to help government deliver it’s free childcare pledge.Read more
The Fostering Network has collated the views of foster carers through their State of the Nation survey. They found that ¾ of looked after children in the UK are cared for by foster families, meaning that improving the outcomes for children in care must start with improving foster care.Read more
In the past year 74% of colleges in England had sent students experiencing mental health issues to A&E.Read more
The Ministry of Justice has been criticised for its "weak" response to a major review of youth justice.Read more
In summer 2015, NHS England and the Department for Education (DfE) jointly launched the Mental Health Services and Schools Link Pilots.Read more
A new report from The Communication Trust presents the findings of consultation with the children and young people’s workforce.Read more
Leeds Council has been awarded £9.6m from the Department for Education's innovation fund.Read more
An anaysis by EIF (Early Invention Foundation) shows children from less well-off families are more likely to experience emotional and behavioural problems at age 5 and do less well academically at age 10-16.Read more
Government criticised by Members of the Health Select Committee.Read more
Government aims to train more than 3,000 new social workers through fast-track schemes.Read more
A newly released report contains findings from the baseline survey of families.Read more
The government body responsible for public health, Public Health England (PHE) has said that it will ensure that local authorities fulfil their duty to provide health visitor checks for young children.Read more
This Annual brings together different perspectives on success and collaborative working for parental mental health and child welfare professionals.
Our own Wendy Weal has a section (Chapter 11 p75-77) on the schools vulnerability tool.
We are delighted that MP Tim Loughton has endorsed our new Level 4 training 'Working with vulnerable children, individuals and families' programme.He has also agreed to write a foreword for the comprehensive learner recourse explaining to learners how valuable their role is in transforming the lives of vulnerable families.Read more
The government will continue to fund the British Youth Council (BYC) to support its Youth Voice initiative until 2020.Read more
Interface are delighted to be providing Effective Staff Support and Supervision Training for a group of schools in Coventry.Read more
Read more about a new programme designed to equip workers with the understanding, ability and confidence to go out and work effectively with children, individuals and families.Read more
London Staff support/Supervision Training 23-24th November 2015...Read more
Newcastle Staff support/Supervision Training 19-20th October 2015...Read more
Birmingham Staff support/Supervision Training 19-20th October 2015...Read more
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Increase in radicalisation cases in family courts
Increasing numbers of cases involving children whose parents are planning to travel to areas of Syria controlled by Islamic State are coming before family courts, the country’s top family judge has warned.
Concerns over school childcare provision plans
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said parents in England will be given the right to request schools provide childcare for the full working day during term time and in the holidays. But the childcare sector has voiced concerns about the plans.
Transfer of public health services for under-fives
Parents will see "massive benefits" for their children as a result of responsibility for public health services for under-fives transferring to local authorities, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.
More five-year-olds achieve good level of development.
The DfE state that more five-year-olds are reaching expected levels of development than ever before. The early years foundation stage profile results shows improving attainment for children in early years settings with the number of children who achieved a good level of development increasing by 5.9% over the last year.
Charities demand government strategy for children of prisonersRead more
The Early Intervention Foundation have published reports which state that children and young people may be at risk of gang involvement or violent lifestyles can be identified in children as young as seven.Read more
The DfE has published its response to a consultation around regulatory change on support for young carers outlining changes to ensure councils put young carers at “the heart of the assessment process”. Councils should also have a whole-family approach to supporting young carers and their sick or disabled relatives.Read more
A report ‘One Hundred Days For Early Action’ from Community Links-led group Early Action Task Force argues that political parties have so far failed to effectively promote the importance of intervening earlier to support families and children.Read more
A strong early years sector needs a robust, reliable inspection framework...read more...Read more
The chair of the British Youth Council has called on the government to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote...read more...Read more
Extending the free childcare offer without first addressing these funding gaps will only exacerbate this problem further...read more...Read more
Effective Supervision, Skills to Work Effectively with Complex Families and Child Sexual Exploitation are training events happening across the UK between September and October 2015...read more...Read more
A report into gangs and youth crime by the Commons home affairs committee says anti-gang prevention work in all schools, including primary schools, needs to be increased to reflect that "children as young as seven are at risk of gang involvement".Read more
The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) argues that too many academies are refusing to take pupils that move into their local area, saying it would not be cost effective for them.Read more
A House of Lords Committee on Affordable Childcare is calling for a radical rethink in childcare funding to ensure disadvantaged children are prioritised.Read more
MPs have stated that age-appropriate personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, which includes sex and relationships education (SRE) should be introduced as compulsory subjects in all state primary and secondary schools.Read more
Survey from the Association of Teachers and Lecturers shows nine out of 10 schools or colleges have had to provide more support to pupils with mental health problems over past two years.Read more
A report by the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on hunger and food poverty is calling for the skills to be made a statutory requirement of personal, social and health education (PSHE) in a bid to equip all young people with the ability to prepare meals on a budget.Read more
Research by the London School of Economics (LSE), Manchester University and York University found that poverty has increased since the coalition government came to power in 2010, and predicted it will get worse in the next five years.Read more
In its Academies and Free Schools inquiry report, the education select committee recommends that the government should “stop exaggerating” the success of the academies programme unless it has clear evidence to prove its impact which it currently does not have.Read more
The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that Ofsted’s current arrangements for inspecting children’s services paint an unfair picture of a local authority area’s efforts to protect vulnerable children, only assessing council performance and failing to consider the contribution of other agencies.Read more
Seven local authorities are to test new arrangements for providing additional support to disadvantaged three- and four-year-olds in early education.Read more
Over half of children’s services departments assessed under Ofsted’s single inspection framework have been rated in the bottom two grades, with nearly half inspected so far seeing a fall in their judgement compared with previous performance.Read more
MPs have urged that councils need to strengthen tracking 16 to 18-year-olds through education, employment and training.Read more
A Commons home affairs committee report on mental health illness within the criminal justice system is highly critical of the continued use of police cells for children and young people experiencing a mental health crisis and lack of available alternative places of safety.Read more
More than 60 teaching schools across the country will partner up with local nurseries in an effort to improve the quality of early years education for young children.Read more
Both Halton Borough Council, in the north west, and Hull City Council, in East Yorkshire, were given a “requires improvement” grading after being inspected in November.Read more
From April, early years providers delivering free hours to disadvantaged three- and four-year-olds will be able to share £50m in EYPP funding. The DfE expect councils to use the money on work such as telling local providers about the premium and upgrading IT systems.Read more
We are delighted to be carrying out an evaluation of the operational, strategic and cost effectiveness of Islington’s Early Help Family Support Services.Read more
Hundreds of under-18s in custody will spend double the amount of time in the classroom after the government announced four new contracts for education provision in young offender institutions (YOIs).Read more
In its The Ofsted Problem report, training provider The Childcare Company puts forward a radical proposal to remove Ofsted from the early years programme suggesting this could lead to an improved and more accurate inspection process, according to a new report.Read more
The course will equip workers with the understanding, ability and confidence to go out and work effectively with children, individuals and families with complex and multiple needs.Read more
Our full range of consultancy support and training for childrens servicesRead more
Support options available for the Schools' Vulnerable Children Audit ToolRead more
LB of Tower Hamlets wanted to embed an accredited program into their whole family working framework. This training was to coincide with changes in the authority and a will of LBTH to invest in their staff.Read more
Barnsley were looking for a training provider to support their recent restructure to whole family working and implementation of its Family Support offer in both the Early Help and Troubled Families agenda.Read more
Interface worked with Haringey Early Help Executive group members to develop a 3 module training programme for front line staff and those involved in the wider early help offer. The package of support was to integrate the new Early help workflow in to practice and embrace the culture change that this would bring. This bespoke course was delivered over 40 training days.Read more
Cheshire West and Chester have a strong internal whole family working vision and agenda and were looking for a training organisation to support with further implementation and training for its wider partners.Read more
Halton Borough Council is in the process of further developing and implementing an integrated multi-agency approach to supporting children, young people, families and vulnerable adults across the continuum from Early Intervention to statutory safeguarding services.Read more
We were commissioned to provide an independent evaluation of the Adults with Complex Needs Service.Read more
We were commissioned to provide training for WSCC Staff dealing with customers on a regular basis who have complex issues around drug addiction/alcoholism and mental health.Read more
West London Zone is inspired by the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ), a ‘cradle-to-college’ pipeline of support for children. The HCZ approach is to do ‘whatever it takes’ to help young people escape generational disadvantage – with the ambition to achieve a ‘tipping point’ whereby the whole community has a positive experience of learning, work and family life.Read more
Darlington City Council are focussed on developing a whole council approach to the new responsibilities created by the Children and Families Act and the Care Act to consider the needs of the whole family, delivery of coordinated packages of support and the protection of children and young people from excessive or inappropriate caring roles.Read more
Warrington Borough Council has implemented an integrated multi-agency approach to supporting children, young people, families and vulnerable adults across the continuum from Early Intervention to statutory safeguarding services.Read more
Halton Borough Council is in the process of developing and implementing an integrated multi-agency approach to supporting children, young people, families and vulnerable adults across the continuum from Early Intervention to statutory safeguarding services.Read more
Stockton Council have developed ‘A Fairer Start’ ethos and philosophy that aims to ensure that every child has the best start.Read more
Interface provides an in-depth programme for school staff working directly with cases who are subject to or at risk of being subject to a child protection plan...Read more
Report written by the Department of Education released on 29th January 2013. This research looked at family stress factors and parental behaviour associated with both successful and poor outcomes for children aged 7.Read more
This briefing offers head teachers, governors and school staff a summary of the key evidence that highlights the link between health and wellbeing and educational attainment, written by Public Health England.Read more
This booklet, produced by ADCS, Solace and the LGA, shares learning from the local authorities who piloted the new Ofsted framework for the inspection of services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers (the single inspection framework).Read more
This paper looks at 18 local authorities' work to create support systems for families with young carers, showcasing positive outcomes and good practice, written by the Department for Education.Read more
“How refreshing it is to see a company put together a package that clearly demonstrates that you have worked in this field and produced a tool that can actually evidence what work we do.Joanne Aston
“It really has been an absolute pleasure to know you! I love your teaching style and cannot express how much I got out of the sessions. It was a therapeutic and extremely positive experience. I feel it will benefit my practise/ approaches with families so very much. I actually did not want it to end!Level 4 Course, Tower Hamlets
“We approached Interface to discuss the delivery of their Supervision training in-house for our organisation. Their proposed solution allowed for us to tailor the training to exactly meet our needs. The trainers delivery was engaging and inclusive. She used lots of relevant and practical examples imparting her extensive knowledge. Delegates left the training with specific individual plans which should have a positive impact on their practice of supervision.Wendy Such (Parenting Coordinator, Bracknell Forest)
“Thank you! The trainer was extremely knowledgeable, the course was really useful to me and I learnt a great deal that will be of use.Ashmead Primary School Teacher
“Interface were very flexible in meeting our organisation’s needs. The trainer’s style was particularly effective in holding, supporting and gently challenging staff during a period of significant change and subsequent uncertainty. Her training style is clear, warm, appropriately challenging and encourages reflection. She has fed back regularly to managers on any wider issues that have been raised during the training and that we should be considering which is particularly helpful. Feedback from participants has been consistently positive about the quality of the delivery of the training.Kirsten Carr, Early Help Transformation and Impact Manager (London Borough of Haringey)