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Terrin Mathew, Technical Data Analyst, Policy in Practice attended the London Ventures children and families hackathon, held on Thursday 21st June.
A high energy, outcome orientated event, the hack was attended by 60 cross-sector participants, including representatives from 13 London local authorities, central government, social enterprises, charities and innovators.
Following an insightful opening talk from guest speaker Emmanuel Akpan-Inwang (Lighthouse), participants ideated solutions to some of the major challenges facing children and families in London, drawing on a broad range of experiences and backgrounds.
Attendees addressed 6 problem areas and pitched solution ideas. The problem areas were:
1. Community support e.g. assets, voluntary groups, interventions, is not always mobilised effectively to support children and families locally, which results in local authorities having to respond to a greater number of referrals at all threshold levels.
2. Vulnerable children are often lacking the required social skills such as the ability to communicate clearly and calmly, or demonstrating consideration for the feelings and interests of their peers, to enable them to live fully and independently.
3. Limited data sharing means local authorities and partners do not usually have a holistic view of the needs of children and their families to enable them to provide effective support.
4. Less emphasis is placed on capturing data when children and families do not require statutory intervention, which in turn makes it difficult to determine what support is most likely to be effective.
5. Local authorities spend a significant amount of time triaging inappropriate new referrals, often from partner organisations who do not always understand the statutory intervention thresholds or are unable to signpost families to appropriate services directly.
6. Vulnerable families are not being provided adequate support at an early stage, leading to increased internal and external pressures on that family, resulting in more acute and specialised support being required from the local authority
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