Redesigning the front door: Integrated early support for vulnerable children and those on the edge of care


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C3) R10 Early help: Wolverhampton’s redesign of “front door”, integrated early support for vulnerable children and those on the edge of care

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Redesigning the front door: Integrated early support for vulnerable children and those on the edge of care

  1. 1. Redesigning the front door:Integrated early support forvulnerable children and those onthe edge of care Gren Knight: Head of Social Inclusion & Children’s Centres Wolverhampton City Council
  2. 2. This is Wolverhampton………. 19th most deprived authority 38,780 child population 3-18yrs 43% non-white 5-18yrs 17 secondary schools (4 are academies) All schools working in partnership
  3. 3. Actually: Removing the front door…..and redesigning the rest of the houseCreating organisational structures and systems that facilitate integrated working
  4. 4. A brief history of recent restructures: Children’s Services: C&YP Social Care joins ‘Education’ (2005) SEN and Education Support Services join Social Care and YOT (2008) Education (School Services) joins ‘Enterprise’ Children and Families Support Services joins Adult Services (2011): The Communities Directorate Children’s Centres join Social Inclusion (2011)
  5. 5. Wolverhampton Children & FamilySupport Services Group Social Inclusion (MASTs and specialist services) and Children’s Centres CIN/CP (Locality Teams, Duty & Assessment and Family Centres) LAC YOT
  6. 6. Why are integrated services important?The same children seen through several differenttheoretical, statutory and professionalperspectives Disciplinary (exclusion) Special educational needs Mental health Youth justice Social careWe need holistic theory and integrated statutoryand professional systems.
  7. 7. Integration in Wolverhampton:Work in progress - 1Multiagency Support Teams 8 MASTs  Speech & Language  MAST Manager + Admin Therapy  Education Welfare (2)  Youth Service  Area SENCO (1)  Connexions  Parent Support Adviser  Police (1)  Social Worker (0.5)  CIN/CP  Educational Psychology (2)  CAMHS  Behaviour – mental  School Nursing health support (2)  Health Visiting
  8. 8. Integration in Wolverhampton:Work in progress - 2Children’s Centres Aligning MASTs and Children’s Centre’s areas and activity Improving Health Visitor and Antenatal contacts Developing delivery points to improve access Developing use of Foundation Stage data to evaluate early intervention
  9. 9. Integration in Wolverhampton:Work in progress - 3 The ‘front door’ disappears: ‘open plan’ service delivery! Seamless support CIN/CP Social Workers to be deployed through CC and MASTs A developing assessment with a formulation informing a single children’s plan with ‘bolt-ons’ Integration with Adult Services “Troubled Families” programme
  10. 10. Important elements - 1Organisational structures that facilitate integrated working  Council structures  MASTs  Children’s Centres  Targeted Youth Support  CAFShared values, beliefs and theoretical models  Child is the fundamental client (not schools)  ‘assess – analyse – act – review’ model explicit
  11. 11. Important elements - 2A supportive Governance structure  Locality Boards  Partnership between and with schools  Children’s Trust and subgroups  Parent and young person Advisory GroupsDeveloping a joint identity  Locality conferences  Co-location  MAST meetings  Management meetings
  12. 12. Important elements - 3Matrix Management Operational Professional leadership leadership
  13. 13. Important elements - 3 Children’s Centres Number of statutory Schools MASTs responsibilities Police Connexions CAMHS Police EWS YOT Health Visiting Number of professional groupsQuadrants represent the balance between operational and professionalleadership
  14. 14. How much does it cost? Social Inclusion Funding Stream £’s (8 MAST’s & Central Specialist Group) Council Mainline 2.9m Centrally Retained Dedicated Schools Budget 1.5m Early Intervention Grant 0.9m Income & misc grants 0.3m Schools 0.3m TOTAL 5.9m MASTs - 101 staff Central Team - 32 staff
  15. 15. Is it successful? Improved achievement in schools supported by multi-agency teams No permanent exclusions for several years Reduced out of city placement budget Health Related Behaviour Survey positive ratings at/ above average Independent positive evaluations of integrated working Positive comments: Ofsted, schools, staff Helpfulness questionnaires