Introduction to the development and use of the London Practice Prompts
This project - a legacy for the future
The potential for this short project is in providing a platform
for future mutual London-wide development.
The legacy of the project consists of 3 aspects:
We have aimed to provide an evaluation tool that can be used by all
LAs no matter what their stage of development and that will allow
London-wide evaluation of the Pledge as required.
We hope to have supported an insight into the current stage of
development for each LA and have started the sketching out of how
the development might be taken forwards London-wide through
bringing individuals together and providing a core to discussions
What are the Practice Prompts?
Practice Prompts are based on evidence found following a
literature search of publications and research evidence found in
The Pledge prompts are for use by a wide range of people - from
young people to those who have a responsibility for ensuring their
lives are enriched.
Practice Prompts address themes across the Pledge
promises. Rather than specific practice guidance linked directly to
individual Pledge promises we see them as acting as:
- aide memoires when considering developments
- checklists when evaluating developments
- reflective exercises for discussion
Given the wide variation of development across the LAs and the
resources available for use we have been mindful of the content and
tone of the Pledge Prompts. At some time in the future all LAs may
come to appoint London-wide where all are implementing the London
Pledge in its entirety. However we recognise that day is some way
off and have therefore we are not providing targets that should be
achieved. Acting with an appreciation of the current situation we
are seeking to support a firm foundation for policy and practice
now that can lead onwards in future use towards a London wide
Pledge. Our intention with the Pledge Promises is to assist all LAs
to achieve best practice We have aimed for them to act as
touchstones or reminders in the way that a good friend might be
able to remind us of important aspects. Rather than a challenge or
critical and from outside we have aimed for them to be supportive,
constructive observations form colleagues involved in the work of
caring for young people.
We do not see these
Practice Prompts as complete and we are happy to include
new materials that you think necessary.
Accessing the Practice Prompts
As we think that a necessary understanding of these documents is
that they remain open to be updated and superceded as new content
is found we shall make these available via a website. The website
is not yet decided upon but until a decision is made they will
remain accessible via the NCERCC/NCBRCC website.
Note relating to all documents
While the principles remain the same in terms of ensuring that
Children in Care have the best support and services, government
policy direction may change and therefore the practice documents
may need to be amended later to reflect that.
Where Young London Matters and Care Matters are referred to in the
documents, it is in a historic context.
Your actions in response to these
Though we have distilled what we see as the relevant and
important aspects of policy and practice into as few pages as we
thought possible without losing the quality of the materials we may
have omitted aspects that you see as crucial. We are keeping these
documents 'live' and we welcome your:
- Amendments or annotations
- Good Practice examples will be gratefully received. We see
these sections being populated primarily by London examples though
if there are examples from across the country than these should be
- Additional documents
- Affirmation that these are helpful materials. In our own
practice we take the view that it is good to read that practice is
as good as it can be and that this is a vital part of any Quality
Assurance. We hope you will feel able to note where these materials
provide comfort as well as challenge.