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Speaker notes from the Improving Futures launch event on 26 Jan 2012

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  • But what we’re really interested in is multiple disadvantage, that is, families who experience 2 or more problems The slide here shows the prevalence of multiple disadvantage among families with children. The way we did this was to simple count up the number of disadvantages that families experience from our basket of 18 indicators Along the horizontal axis... Around 55% of families do not experience multiple disadvantage But just under half do – these proportions may be considered relatively high but this is a reflection of the large number of indicators we are using Caveat – assumes that multiple disadv is additive, i.e., implies that having 3 disadvs is worse than 2 02/01/12
  • The Dundee Early Intervention Team, represents a unique partnership between four of the largest children’s charities in Scotland: Aberlour, Action for Children Scotland, Barnardo’s Scotland and CHILDREN 1 st . The partnership will, for the first time, involve these charities working together; pooling expertise and resources to deliver an early intervention service to bring about improved outcomes for children across Dundee City.
  • Firstly a bit of background: The commitment to collaboration amongst these four organisations – we have been referred to as the Big4 in Dundee, goes back to 2008 following an initial meeting with the Social Work Department, Head of Children’s Services. At that time the organisations were tasked with ensuring that we reduced overlaps or duplication of services in Dundee, particularly in relation to children affected by parental substance misuse The Scottish Government’s Children’s Summit in 2010, resulted in a commitment from Scotland’s largest children’s charities (that’s the four here plus Quarriers) to work more collaboratively in support of the ‘pledge for Scotland’s children’ to improve children’s services and progress the necessary shift towards early intervention. Very soon following the Children’s Summit, The Director of Social Work in Dundee arranged a meeting with CEOs of the Big4 to discuss how their greater collaboration could be achieved and particularly help to address the challenges facing the City Council. The need to do things differently was highlighted, particularly in relation to two key areas: Developing cost effective provision to keep troublesome and troubled adolescents within their families and communities Developing a different approach to Family Support Centres The response from the Big4 was a proposal to establish a pooled resource established from within their existing services that would provide single shared assessment, early engagement and intensive support to children and young people and their families including kinship and foster carers with the aim of keeping them in their own homes and communities. Three key themes emerged from this proposal It had a strong fit with the Getting It Right For Every Child framework and delivery model It would be preventative and have an early intervention focus It had the potential to be replicated in other local authorities Some may say that we had a crystal ball, and I think you’ll see where I’m going here - because …..
  • The opening of the Big Lottery Improving Futures fund in Spring last year, provided a valuable opportunity and a platform to turn our earlier proposal into establishing a more robust service, increasing the potential for not only doing things differently, but building lasting positive outcomes for children and families across Dundee. Because of our earlier collaboration the Big4 was very well placed to capitalise on Improving Futures which would fund partnerships led by voluntary organisations that can offer joined-up support and provision for families with multiple and complex problems at a local level and meet the three outcomes of the Improving Futures programme. Improved outcomes for children in families with multiple and complex needs New approaches to local delivery that demonstrate replicable models which lead to more effective, tailored and joined up support Improved learning and sharing of best practice between public services and voluntary and community sector organisations And so developed the Dundee Early Intervention Team.
  • Strategically we have located this service within Dundee’s Integrated Children’s Services structure below the threshold for statutory services.This will be a very GIRFEC principles driven service, delivering real culture, systems and practice change towards ensuring that Dundee’s children are safe, healthy, active, nurtured, achieving, respected, responsible and included. The service will work with families across Dundee where the oldest child is aged 5-10, tackling problems before they reach or are at the point of crisis reducing the need for additional or targeted supports or statutory interventions. Through our existing opportunities for engaging with families, we have explored with them what such a preventative service should look like. They have told us the kind of supports they want, when they would need it most and for how long. It will provide managed, phased and outcomes focussed supports addressing multiple and complex or complicated social, health, relationship or parenting difficulties. Supports will be strength’s based, we’ll adopt a Team Around The Child And Family approach and apply Social Pedagogical practice; valuing children and using head, hands and hearts in our interactions with children, their parents and carers and the wider community. A unique feature of the service is that it will work outwith the standard traditional hours of Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm because that’s not how families lives work. We will provide supports between 7.00am and 10.00pm including where necessary weekends, through a staff team of 6 FTE workers supplemented by a pool of volunteers and access to 24/7 telephone support. Real added value will be brought to the service by the combined resources of the Big4 charities, providing a single point of access to the support from the early intervention team as well as where appropriate to the range of services and interventions provided by the individual charities. Each of the partners have further committed to provide their resources as contributions in kind, supplementing the funding from Big Lottery in order to maintain a fully effective service. Examples of the resources committed include from: Barnardo’s – an outcomes monitoring framework Action for Children – 24/7 telephone support CHILDREN 1 st – Office accomodation Aberlour – Social Pedagogy and other specialist training and support
  • So who do we intend to target … It’s the children of families where parents express they are at the point of crisis and need help It’s the children and families whom professionals see as in need of support And it’s the children and families who need help and support but don’t meet the criteria for access to targeted additional support. These will be the children and families identified through Health Visitor led Family Health Needs Assessments, that meet the health plan indicator for Additional Support – currently numbering 2,300 children throughout Dundee
  • Families will be able to seek help and support from the service directly. The aspiration is that the service will become seen by families as the service to turn to if extra help is needed and crisis is to be averted. All agencies working with and coming into contact with children and families can refer families to the service – using established Integrated referral tools. But we intend to foster a recognition in all services, that the Early Intervention Team is ‘integral’ to the supports provided by other services, so rather than talking to families about “referring on to another service” we want the dialogue to be “ we have a service that can help you”. We will also establish seamless collaboration between Health Visiting Teams and the early intervention service to facilitate families access to the service in the same way. Linked/named staff from the Early Intervention Team will be aligned to Health Visiting Cluster Teams (comprised of Health Visitors, Community Midwife, Staff Nurse, Early Years Worker, Child Protection Link Nurse).

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  • Improving Futures Announcement Event Arundel House, 26 January 2012 Twitter: #bigfutures
  • Peter Wanless Big Lottery Fund Twitter: #bigfutures
  • Naomi Eisenstadt Senior Research Fellow,Oxford University
  • Families with multiple problems Improving Futures will make a major contribution to solutions
  • Prevalence of multiple disadvantage (2006) 55% have 0 or 1 disadvantage 45% have multiple disadvantages Number of disadvantages % of families
  • Children from families facing multiple disadvantages are at greater risk of a range of negative outcomes Source: Families and Children Survey (2004 and 2005)
  • Economic well being Communities & staying safe Health and family structures Most Excluded Families Most risk factors for poor outcomes relate to adults in the family
    • 63% of boys with convicted fathers go on to be convicted themselves
    • Parental alcohol misuse is a factor in >50% of child protection cases
    • Strong association between mother’s educational qualifications and child’s future earnings
    • Children from workless households are much more likely to become poor and workless adults
    • Parental disability or mental health problems strongly associated with poor outcomes for children
    • 1:4 children witnessing domestic violence have serious social and behavioural problems
  • Distinctive features
    • Particular focus on families with primary aged children
    • Attention to families where several problems come just below the threshold for support
    • Funding and control with the VCS, but requirement to work with the statutory sector
    • Open attempt to try several strategies and learn from them all through evaluation
  • Derek Gray Aberlour Child Care Trust
  • Working in partnership to improve the future of Dundee’s children Dundee Early Intervention Team
    • Commitment to collaboration
    • Need to do things differently
    • Big4 response
    • Fit with Getting it Right For Every Child
    • Preventative early intervention
    • Replicable model
    Background to partnership
  • Big Lottery Improving Futures Fund
    • Funding to partnerships led by voluntary sector organisations
    • Improved outcomes for children in families with multiple and complex needs
    • New approaches to local delivery that demonstrate replicable models which lead to more effective, tailored and joined up support
    • Improved learning and sharing of best practice between public services and community sector organisations
    • Dundee Early Intervention Team
    • Local strategic and national policy fit
    • Supports that families have told us they want and need
    • Managed, phased, outcome focussed support
    • Strengths based, Team around the child/family
    • Social Pedagogy approach
    • Provide support out-with standard hours
    • Pooled resources of the Big4 - Additionality / Contributions ‘in kind’
  • Target Beneficiaries
    • Children of families where parents express they are at the point of crisis and need help
    • Children and families whom professionals see as in need of support
    • Children and families who need help and support but don’t meet the criteria for access to targeted additional support.
  • Access to Service
    • Direct access
    • Agency ‘referral’
    • Link with Health
    Link Worker identified and compliments the work of the wider HV Team with individual families Health Visitor Staff Nurse Early Years Worker Community Midwife Child Protection Link Nurse
  • http://www.aberlour.org.uk http://www.actionforchildren.org.uk http://www.barnardos.org.uk http://www.children1st.org.uk
  • Ken Teears Sunderland AFC Foundation
  • Improving Futures Programme: Sunderland The Neighbourhood Alliance Ken Teears Strategic Development Director
  • What is it?
    • A city-wide approach
    • £890,000
    • 160 families
    • Across five areas
    • Over four years
    • Aims:
    • A community based multi-agency model
    • Family and child centred
    • Driven by the family
    • Linked to an Information Space
    • A new way of working across all sectors
    • Using local intelligence
    • Established new protocols
    • Why?
    • So that families can receive tailored support in an agreed timeframe from the most appropriate agency who continue to share information as part of good governance.
    • Delivery Objectives: Children and Family
    • To support children of Primary School Age in the following ways:
    • Increase the level of attainment;
    • Increase the level of school attendance;
    • Reduce the number of children with a protection plan;
    • Reduce first time entrants to the criminal justice system;
    • Improve tenancy stability for families.
    • How?
    • A Neighbourhood Model
    • Pilot based in Southwick
    • School centred
    • Establishing a hub
    • Identifying key agencies
    • Mapping services
    • Establishing relationships
    • Building trust
    • Exchanging information
    • Meeting fortnightly
    Kindly provided by Gentoo Group
    • Governance
    • Led by SAFC Foundation
    • Independent Project Board:
      • Local Authority
      • Gentoo
      • SNCBC
    • Feeds into Strategic Partnership Board
    • Community meetings
    • Family Support Group
    • Background Process
    • Based on conversations
    • Pen portrait entry
    • Map is a ‘Hop scotch’
    • Not prescriptive
    • Agencies as ‘Unblockers’
    • Neighbourhood Friend
    • Social capacity
    • Information Space
    • User permission protocol
    • Pen portraits uploaded
    • Family in control of info
    • Family give access
    • Only those who need to know
    • Online but also paper pro-formas
    • Managed by Monitoring Officer
    • Enables activity outside of community meetings
    • Commissioning
    • Resource Allocation Procedure to be established
    • ‘ Menu’ of interventions and services created including:
    • Free at point of delivery
    • Statutory agency services
    • VCS provision
    • Also used to identify what services do not exist in communities
    • Delivery agents will be selected based on:
    • The needs of the family/children
    • The agency ‘best-placed’ to work with the family/children
    • Value for money
    • Legacy
    • Neighbourhood Friends / volunteers
    • New way of working between agencies that would remain in communities
    • Family support group
    • Social capacity, families helping each other
    • Increased attainment of children
    • Improved life chances
    • More cohesive communities
  • Laurie Day ECORYS
  • Improving Futures Evaluation and Learning 26 th January 2012
    • The Evaluation Partnership
      • Ecorys, with Parenting UK, the University of Nottingham and Ipsos MORI
    • Aims and Scope
      • Effectiveness, outcomes and impact
      • Five years and UK-wide
      • Programme and project-level
      • Learning and dissemination
    Overview
  • Programme Outcomes Health and wellbeing Emotional and behavioural development Educational outcomes Safeguarding and social care Crime and ASB Parenting skills and confidence Health and wellbeing Educational outcomes Safeguarding and social care Crime and ASB Family functioning and relationships Financial wellbeing and security Secure and safe environment Social networks and belonging Strategic Benefits Strategic influence over UK policy Leverage over external resources Synergy with other programmes Knowledge transfer Replication of effective practice Programme Impacts Net improvements to children’s life chances Net risk reduction for families with complex needs Net attributable social cost savings Programme Effectiveness Programme-level Effectiveness of programme design, development and implementation Project-level Effectiveness of governance; partnerships; strategy and planning; user involvement and delivery Quality of provision Sustainability Children Adults Families Evaluation Framework
  • Work Programme Strand Evaluation Tasks Outputs Programme-level
    • Literature review
    • Programme MI data collection
    • Beneficiary and stakeholder surveys
    • Impact assessment & CBA
    • Family advisory panel
    Evaluation framework Statistical bulletins Interim and final evaluation reports Project-level
    • Project “evidence portfolios”
    • Case study research
    • Participatory action research
    • Enhanced CBA / cost vignettes
    Bespoke evaluation plans and data Bi-annual reporting Case studies Learning strand
    • Evaluation website; project pages
    • Social media
    • Learning events and workshops
    • Policy briefings and webinars
    Web-based project and programme data Workshops completed Toolkit developed
  • Measuring Impact Assessment of gross impacts : risk reduction and resilience (- / +) Assessment of net impacts : attributable to the programme Cost-Benefit Analysis : net present value; projected future savings
      • Triangulation of the evidence
    MI and survey data (self-reporting) Stakeholder survey Control study (QED) Measuring Impact
    • Evaluation Framework finalised (March 12)
    • Monitoring system established (April 12)
    • Project workshops (May / June 12)
    • Baseline survey (May-July 12)
    • First results and reporting (Dec 12)
    Year 1 Milestones
  • Anne Longfield 4Children
  • Improving Futures Announcement Event Arundel House, 26 January 2012 Twitter: #bigfutures