Solihull's Approach to Early Intervention & Support
Beyond Munro Solihull’s Approach to Early Intervention & Support
Before Munro ! Review of DART system and process to improve management of workload and work flow Review of Threshold for referrals into Children’s Social Work to improve partnership working and early intervention Co-location followed by integration of LINCS team to promote timeliness and co-ordination of Early Intervention & Support
New Threshold Where targeted support services have been offered but there is refusal by the parent or carer to engage or engage consistently and therefore the identified cause of concern/need is not addressed Where targeted support services have been in place but the parent or carer have been unable to make the required changes in order to improve outcomes for the child
Impact and Outcomes Significant increase in referrals and IA’s :Great!!! Significant improvement in timeliness of IA Significant improvement in the partnership relations at the front door – trust, confidence and professional respect More confidence in CSW staff – proactive intervention / less stress / higher productivity Increase in IA’s leading to LINCS plans
Capacity Development of Parent worker for LINCS Additional SW post in the Family Solutions Team (edge of care) Stability and positive approach of staff and managers – felt factor! Combined Administration across front door services Reduced the administration capacity in LINCS Joint funded post through LSCB - CSE
Family Solutions Team Impact Time limited, intensive, quick response to prevent family breakdown, support rehabilitation plans and progress CIN / Care plans Case Responsibility for work passed from DART (65%) Strength based approach underpinned by Signs of Safety and Solution Focused Model Structured framework for working with the family and increased Use of TAFs to co-ordinate and review multi-agency plans
Family Solutions Team Outcomes 116/128 EOC referrals not accommodated (91%) 50.5% of new referrals closed to CSWS with a third moving to CAF/LINCs support Provided focused intervention to complement work of Children’s Social Work Team to avoid drift/ delay by adding capacity for direct work intervention. Strengthened relationships across CSWS and partner agencies.
Local Integrated Needs Coordinated ServiceImpact Professional conversations within DART assists in fast track to LINCS team where CAF and LINCS can be initiated. DART works closely with LINCS co-ordinators during initial assessment process to ensure clear assessment of need and plan for support is handed over. This enables smooth transfer and reduces duplication and delay. LINCS co-ordinators now pick up level 2 domestic abuse triage cases which do not meet threshold for social work intervention. LINCS provide support for cases that exit children’s social work services but need ongoing co-ordinated intervention from support and universal services.
Local Integrated Needs Coordinated ServiceOutcomes Level 2 domestic abuse cases now get a multi agency co-ordinated service. Staff feel able to close cases and have confidence these will be managed by lead professional. Reduction in repeat referrals into children services. LINCS have made a shift from supporting professionals with LINCS process to supporting the family. (Family co-ordinator role). Less professional resistance on taking lead professional role, shared understanding of the family, needs and risks.
Solihull Next Steps Build on strong professional foundations! Professional Conversation Childrens Social Work role in Support Stream line tools and process of identification, assessment and delivery of early intervention and support
Tools for Assessment IA, Interagency Referral form, Onset and CAF to be developed into a single document Information gathering – Multi agency chronology Assessment of risk – Signs of Safety Childs plan Single document with a multi purpose!
Process for Early Intervention and Support Review of existing panels and services to create a simple pathway to access the early support assessment.
Principals Childrens Social Work has a support and preventative role Identification and management of risk to children is a shared responsibility Staff recruitment and retention is not just about money! Work load and Work flow prevents duplication and delay for children and families – a whole service approach