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Action Learning Set CAF, Lead Professional & Service Directories- Joining Up. Sandra Woodward Policy Officer, Bridges Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland. Proposal. Agreement of CAF as common referral and assessment form across the region

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Action Learning Set CAF, Lead Professional & Service Directories- Joining Up

Sandra Woodward

Policy Officer, Bridges

Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland


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Proposal

Agreement of CAF as common referral and assessment form across the region

Agreement that SLA's/funding agreements under new Children's Services arrangements reflect usage of CAF across the region

Explore possibilities to link service directories and share national/ web based directory info where possible.

Delegates cascade this proposal to appropriate decision makers/depts - powerpoint and notes available!


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The partnership so far...

Lincolnshire

Carolyn Knight - Integrated Assessment Manager

Rob Gregory - Acting Service Manager

Leicestershire

Susannah Jordan - Children’s Services Programme Manager

Leicester

Susan Harrison - Service Manager Children’s Federation Rutland

Clive Hadfield - Children’s Services Authority (CAF lead)

Bridges - Information Sharing & Assessment (ISA)


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Across LLR district - how does it work?

  • 5 trials (primary transition, 2 x extended schools, SureStart, JYIP)

  • Bridges responsible for training, co-ordination, monitoring of CAFs

  • Working towards CAF replacing district interagency referral form to SSD

  • All using same CAF and guidance

  • CAF/LP works around multi-agency meetings

  • Undecided how this model is supported post trial - Mar 06


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What needs to happen before CAF

is implemented? - Key lessons from trial

  • ‘Common core’ for workforce - IT skills, data protection/info sharing training

  • Offer themed workshops e.g. ‘difficult conversations’, multi-agency working

  • Existing within agency and multi-agency information sharing arrangements improved e.g. school 2 school arrangements

  • Cross-agency performance indicators

  • Knowledge of agency service remits – access to service directory


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3 Key elements

  • 1. Opportunity

  • Attending meetings, part of own system, written into job

  • descriptions, protected time, agreed by unions

  • 2. Mechanism

  • CAF Form eCAF, toolkit – inc. consent forms etc.

  • 3. Management permission

    • Part of extended school, Children’s centre, Children trust/authority planning, LAA’s

    • Cost/ benefit analysis for individual partners

    • Some partnership training arrangements with agencies

    • Accepting CAF as a referral form to agency


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Challenges in LLR

  • Not co-terminus (e.g. Connexions L&R)

  • L,L&R working at differing speeds and from different cultural positions

  • Budgets! Making sure equitable contribution from each LA - formula based on no. of children

  • What is the product and who owns it?


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Questions to groups

  • 1. What is the added benefit in actually adopting this approach?

  • 2. What is needed to adopt this approach?

  • 3. What would be the key processes for obtaining agreement across region? How could this be transferred to other districts within East Midlands?

  • 4. What are some of the big policy issues that might need to be addressed?


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Responses

  • 1. What is the added benefit in actually adopting this approach?

  • Teases out complexities of working across borders

  • Exposes existing duplication, malpractice and offers suggestions to improve

  • Follows child across district

  • Reduction in planning time as agreed across district

  • Stage of progress means chance to ‘do it together!’

  • Shared expertise


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Responses

  • 2. What is needed to adopt this approach?

  • Common standards in training

  • CAF training as part of common core training set

  • When is a live CAF ‘live’? Expiry date needed to prompt reassessment

  • Cross border information sharing protocol

  • Kitemark to visually show CAF agreed across region

  • Senior level agreement

  • Decide on regional specialisms to take implementation forward

  • Development of Regional Meetings and Training/Learning Event


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Responses

  • 3. What would be the key processes for obtaining agreement across region?

  • All ISA partnership boards and the overarching Children and Young People’s Partnership boards will need to

  • agree the principles,

  • sign the info sharing protocol and

  • cascade to staff teams


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Responses

  • 4. What are some of the big policy issues that might need to be addressed?

  • Regional CAF training to become a qualification which can work towards the Common Core Skills

  • Role of unions (NUT/NASUWT etc) and the conflict with the completing CAF/lead professional and teachers ‘revised’ role

  • CAF as part of the new inspection criteria

  • Links with other specialist assessments

  • CAF and ICS – are they compatible


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