Bedford Borough Council showcase ground-breaking CMS

Bedford Borough Council showcase ground-breaking CMS

Bedford Borough Council showcase ground-breaking CMS Click to enlarge

06 Feb 2013

New electronic system to be unveiled at Jobs Fair

Bedford Borough Council are pioneering an electronic case management system for children's social care which will enable social workers to spend more time working directly with families and will support the retention of accurate, safe information.

The system, the first of its kind to be used in the UK and developed by Azeus Care in Hong Kong, will be  unveiled for all visitors to experience at the Compass Jobs Fair in Birmingham on March 4th.

In “Case Recording: The Future for Children’s Social Care”, a seminar which forms an important part of the extensive programme, members of the council will show how they are introducing the new electronic system. The seminar will demonstrate how new technology, coupled with greater local autonomy will simplify social care case recording, enabling social workers to spend less time at their keyboards, and more time with children, young people and their families.

Not only will Bedford Council be leading this ground-breaking seminar, they will also be demonstrating the system in the exhibition, on stand 39 , giving visitors the opportunity to learn more about the council and the system they will be introducing in the near future.

With the system already having been praised by Ofsted, the Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, added: “As part of Bedford Borough Council’s overall strategy to care for and protect vulnerable children, we believe this new system will build upon our current high standards. Importantly, it will also allow social workers more face-to-face time with their clients, rather than being tied up with endless data entry.”

Many electronic client management systems are currently under heavy criticism as being unfit for purpose, time-consuming and difficult to use, so positive developments in this field will be welcomed by all practitioners.

Mark Pearson, Managing Director of Compass, the organisers of the event (established for over 10 years and sponsored by Birmingham City Council), said "We are delighted that Bedford Borough are sharing this breakthrough with the profession at the event; innovations like this one are critical to the development of the workforce. With so many local authorities currently wasting high proportions of their budgets on recruitment through agencies, our experience is that the best and most cost-effective method for recruitment - and retention - is in meeting professionals face-to-face and discussing the good social work practice being delivered by those employers."

To see the system in action register for the event by clicking here.
Entry is free for all pre-registered visitors