Liz Hewitt DIPSW, BA Hons, MA
Head of Service
Liz has more than 30 years’ experience working in children’s social work and has been a key member of the Innovate CYPS team since March 2015.
As Head of Service, Liz is directly responsibility for ensuring Innovate CYPS projects are delivered to a consistently high standard.
Leading on the design and mobilisation of various projects, Liz focuses on introducing models of working that ensure innovation and change.
Quality assurance focused
Liz guides local authorities in taking an evaluative approach that engages management, staff, services users and other stakeholders in assessing the factors that influence practice and outcomes. She considers the organisational cultural factors that influence the effectiveness of decision-making to remove practice-constraints and improve patterns of interaction with families and other professionals.
With a focus on quality planning and control, she ensures the project deliverables are fit for purpose and meet the local authority’s expectations. She regularly updates senior managers regarding the performance of each project, reporting against national key performance indicators.
Liz supports strategic, senior and operational managers, and offers peer support to practitioners. From consultation with children and families, she helps practitioners with their continual development. She has also developed learning materials, in-house training, mentoring and forums for the benefit of Innovate CYPS practitioners and those from partner agencies.
A shared vision
In her own words, Liz joined Innovate CYPS because “the tone and style is something I deeply associate with; working with likeminded people to change the face for delivering services to the most vulnerable in society. It’s part of my philosophy as a social worker”.
Committed to helping local authorities improve services so that they are in a better place to make a difference on multiple levels, Liz is most proud of the Edge of Care programme being shortlisted for a Children & Young People Now Award. Within each Edge of Care programme, she supports local authorities to embed the multi-disciplinary team within the CYPS to achieve long-term positive outcomes.
When she’s not busy leading nationally recognised social work projects, Liz likes to take on a personal challenge. She’s climbed Kilimanjaro and as a keen road cyclist has completed the London 100. She’s also an avid England and Harlequins rugby fan, as is her sausage dog, Vivienne!