Supporting parents with complex family needs into employment.
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This session will offer learning and examples from Westminster’s Family Recovery Programme and Child Poverty Pilots that began in 2009. It will offer insights into work/structures that proved effective in supporting parents on their journey to work
A new way of working with families with multiple and complex needs
1. Whole view of the family - Meeting the needs of both adults and children
2. Team around the family - Unified service response
3. Two lead professionals for adults and children
4. Integrated Family Care Planadult and children’s needs - Focused on
outcomes and consequences
5. Real time intelligence function through Information Desk
6. Capacity building - Encouraging resilience
7. Swift access to adults services – Domestic Violence, Substance Misuse
and Mental Health workers
8. Intensive outreach - Fast, intensive, targeted
9. Multi agency response to crime and ASB - Both victims and perpetrators
10. Co-located, multi-agency team - All in one project
Overview of process
Consent (for information sharing) gained from family
Information Gathering - Information desk provides detailed overview of family
TAF - Multi agency meeting of all involved with family – information shared
Contract with consequences (Careplan) – agreed by family
We aim to work intensively with a Family for around 12 months
Intensive working 3-4 visits a week outcome focussed, gets things moving quickly
Regular TAF reviews – Highlighting any risk, performance against Careplan, worker supervision, information sharing and Family Involvement
Closure – Hand off to lower tier or community services
- Senior Analyst
- Police officer x 2
- ASB case worker
The Information Desk draws information (written reports, figures, assessments) from a number of sources through either direct access or contacts within partner agencies, providing a rounded view of the family unique to FRP.
Provides Accurate information on –
- Who the family are?
- Where they live?
- Family Composition?
- Presenting issues / risks?
- Information Gaps?
- Agencies already working with the family?
- What has previously worked and more importantly what hasn’t to Avoid Duplication of costly interventions.
Information desk as Management information function:
The desk has aggregated family specific data to provide statistics on key family outcomes including; health, education, workless and crime and ASB. This function is used for both interim internal and formal evaluations of the project.
Information desk providing ongoing real time updates around risk :
For individual families once engaged with the project, the Information desk receives and disseminates updates on the families, any escalation in behaviour can be acted upon in real time by the network.
PRESENTING INFORMATION IN A NEW WAY –
Information desk produces a comprehensive picture of the family (and extended) both initially to support and inform decision making,
then proactively whilst the project is engaged with the family.
The desk produces ‘products’ to support practitioners and highlight any risks to the family, staff and community
Using the I2 Analyst Notebook software, The information desk produces Family Network charts and Family Timelines to support
We have found this very visual method of displaying multi agency information – which can display a context for behaviour to be very popular with all agencies who have used it
Westminster Child Poverty Pilots – supporting parents in their journey to employment.
The City of Westminster is home to some of the poorest children in the country with the 14th highest level of child poverty amongst the 32 London boroughs. Child poverty in Westminster is particularly complex as Westminster children are ranked in the top 0.1% and bottom 0.1% of income deprivation in England.
The importance of secure employment that provides sufficient income, opportunities for training and progression and that balances work with family and caring responsibilities.’
Cycles of Poverty, Unemployment and Low Pay, Goulden C (2010) JRF
Partnership breakdown DVDebt - not being able to manage family finances Fear of leaving benefit system – cost of workESOLHousing issuesNot being able to access affordable, trusted childcareTraining and employment services inaccessible for parentsLack of skills, qualifications, networks, confidence, motivation and aspirationChaotic lives
Health problems which could be the result of above
2. Local Authority Child Poverty Innovation Pilot
I had been concerned that it is seen the only route into economic well being for children is to have parents in employment as soon after birth as possible. It has always been my belief that children are likely to be confident and successful in life if they start out with secure attachments with their parents.I had also been concerned that mothers were being encouraged into childcare employment simply because they are parents and without secure childcare options for their own children. I am pleased to acknowledge that the way that the employability service is working in our children's centre is having a positive benefit on the opportunities available to parents to improve their learning skills, training and employment possibilities.Parents are feeling empowered to make choices about their futures and the needs of the children is not regarded as of secondary importance but is integral to the lifelong learning of the family.Wendy Rowlett, Deputy Head of Centre, Portman Early Childhood Centre
Natasha Bishopp economic well being for children is to have parents in employment as soon after birth as possible. It has always been my belief that children are likely to be confident and successful in life if they start out with secure attachments with their parents.