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Children & Young People’s Strategic Partnership. Gloucestershire Child Action Model. Overview and Local Preventative Strategy Kathy O’Mahony. Child Action Project . To inform and engage key staff about the objectives and the wider context of the Child Action Project

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gloucestershire child action model

Gloucestershire Child Action Model

Overview and Local Preventative Strategy

Kathy O’Mahony

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Child Action Project

  • To inform and engage key staff about the objectives and the wider context of the Child Action Project
  • To clarify what the Child Action Model is
  • To clarify how we hope to implement the model through the ISA project and point out the implications for staff in your agency
  • To explore the emerging Gloucestershire Child Action Model and clarify how it’s implementation will meet the needs of vulnerable children
  • To consider progress to date and how the Common Language assessment framework supports the model
what are the key questions
What Are The Key Questions?
  • What’s it got to do with me?
  • Who is saying this should happen & why?
  • What’s the added value to what we already do?
drivers
Drivers
  • Green Paper - ECM
  • ECM - Next Steps
  • National Service Framework
  • SEN National Strategy
  • Local Agenda – CYPSP / Preventative Strategy
what are they saying
What Are They Saying?
  • Outcome focus
  • Prevention / early identification
  • Co-ordination / integration
  • Family / parent support
  • Accountability
  • Common skills / processes / working together to share information / knowledge
aims for young people
Aims for Young People

The 7 C&YPSP Outcomes –

  • Infants & children thrive and meet key developmental milestones
  • Children are prepared for school
  • Children succeed in school
  • Children grow up healthy and choose healthy lifestyles
  • Children grow up in safe and supportive families, family settings and local communities
  • Young people grow up to be successful adults
  • Children & young people are included in mainstream services and contribute to shaping the services
locally what and how
Locally – What And How
  • Outcomes
  • Preventative strategy
  • How:Processes; early intervention (incrementally); support to families / children; rationalising differences; developing a common cause, processes & shared objectives across agencies
  • Best Value Review of services for Vulnerable Children
  • Specific Initiatives
what does this mean for us
What Does This Mean For Us?
  • Radical period of change
  • Complex agendas
  • Complex range of activities across agencies
  • Local progress
  • Role of ISA / CAM / Common Processes
  • Critical role of above in overall delivery of agenda for Gloucestershire (along with other developments)
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Children In

Gloucestershire

  • Which Children are we concerned about.
  • · Encompasses vulnerable children, children in need, children at risk etc.

ALL CHILDREN (125,800)

Offending &

behavioural

problems

VULNERABLE CHILDREN (45,000)

Abuse

&

neglect

Educational

under-

achievement

CHILDREN IN NEED (4,375)

Poor

material

conditions

Poor mental

physical &

sexual health

LOOKED-AFTER CHILDREN (470)

CHILDREN ON CPR (130)

how does the child action model fit in
How Does the Child Action Model Fit in?
  • This provides the Infrastructure for agencies to assess the needs of vulnerable children, plan interventions and review effectiveness
  • Children are assessed using the Common Language assessment framework
  • Supported by ISA, and implemented through the ISA Professional Practices work stream and the Child Action Project
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Child Action Model

Child Action Project

Joint Agency Response

Single Agency Response

SSD Response

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Child Action Project

  • Role of Project Workers -
  • To implement the Child Action Model in Schools:
  • Oxstalls Community School New Schools:
  • Archway Coney Hill
  • Cam House Tredworth
  • Coln House Sandford
  • Hesters Way Primary
  • Forest View Primary
  • Cashes Green Primary
  • Innsworth Junior
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Child Action Project -

How are we doing it?

  • Assessing, using common language assessment tools the needs of children in school who have been identified as having some emerging problems that are not purely educational
  • Identifying community resources which will meet the needs identified
  • Developing Child Action Plans to meet assessed needs
  • Monitoring and reviewing children’s progress
  • Engaging other agencies and professionals in the use and application of the Child Action Model and Common Assessment tools
  • Providing information based on their assessments of need to local agencies and groups to assist in shaping service provision in the locality of the school
  • Working to implement the Common Language assessment framework & the Child Action Model in schools
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Child Action Model -

Work in Progress

  • How do we include the Early Years age group and children with disabilities?
  • Classification of categories of need is being developed through the ISA Professional Practices Group.
  • Clarification of thresholds and moving between the levels of model are being developed by the Professional Practices Group.
  • Service Directory being developed through ISA, with the support of the Child Action Project
  • Consultation between staff groups and the acknowledgement of a keyworker role is crucial for the model to succeed (as identified in Every Child Matters)
  • Steering group for the project and locality groups to be established.
  • Common Language Assessment & case management tools are being implemented across the agencies
vision for the future
Vision for the Future
  • Aspirations
    • Cross county provision
    • Consistent access to provision for vulnerable children
    • Clear thresholds
    • Co-ordination with voluntary and statutory agencies
    • Locally owned and developed
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Gets into trouble

Stealing, drug misuse and more driving offences

Football team

Breaks into car

YOS

Dropped out

Assessment and Cautioned

Youth Club

Assessment and community sentence

Extreme behaviour

Parents angry and embarrassed do not contact school

Parents contacted - angry

Parents despair – contact social services requesting accommodation

School

Stops attending Youth Club

Performance drops

After school homework club

Parents contacted - feel angry ground him

Parents contacted - feel angry and upset

Difficult behaviour

common language presentation
Common Language Presentation
  • Why a common language is necessary
  • National Assessment Framework
  • Gloucestershire’s response
  • How the assessment model works and complements the Child Action Model - case study
  • How the model has been implemented so far
  • Summary
  • Questions
common language assessment
Common Language & Assessment

References in Government guidance -

  • Guidance to Children Act 1989
  • National Assessment Framework: “Effective collaboration requires a common language to understand the needs of children…”
  • Every Child Matters - Next Steps: “A common assessment framework should help to identify... needs earlier and avoid duplication between agencies
why is it necessary
Why Is It Necessary?
  • Professionals from different agencies often use the same terms to describe different things
  • Each agency uses different assessment tools
  • Families often subjected to multiple assessments by different professionals
  • Intrusive, stigmatising, confusing, costly and inconsistent
what happened
What Happened?
  • Introduction of National Assessment Framework 2000
  • Research indicates that while it is good at gathering information it offers little guidance regarding analysis
gloucestershire s response
Gloucestershire’s Response
  • Development of common language assessment model that:

a) incorporates NAF

b) provides tool for analysis of information gathered

the assessment process using the common language model
The Assessment Process Using The Common Language Model
  • Gather information - NAF
  • Identify needs - relating to child rather than services
  • Make a judgement about the level of need - apply a threshold
  • Specify realistic outcomes to be achieved
  • Identify appropriate services to meet needs and outcomes specified
how does it complement the cam

Multi Agency

Single Agency

Complex needs - impairment

SSD

Threshold

Threshold

Low level needs - likely impairment

High level needs- significant impairment

Continuum of Need

How Does It Complement The CAM?

Child Action Model:

how does it work
How Does It Work?

CIRCUMSTANCES

NEEDS

THRESHOLD

OUTCOMES

SERVICES

LIVING SITUATION

FAMILY & SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS

SOCIAL & ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

PHYSICAL & PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH

EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT

implementation
Implementation
  • Training in CL assessment model has been provided to:
  • all social services fieldwork staff
  • Child Action Project staff
  • Health Visitors
  • School Nurses
  • EWOs
  • Reintegration staff
summary
Summary
  • Common language is essential for integrated working
  • National Assessment Framework - good on information gathering but poor on analysis
  • Common language assessment model incorporates NAF and provides analysis tool
  • Compatible with and complements Child Action Model
  • Multi-agency training provided to some agencies - but wider training strategy required
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WHAT IS ISA?

DfES –

A sophisticated human and technology system that encompasses:

·A universal local authority child information hub

·An underpinning service and information network

·Improvements in local case management systems

C&YPSP –

A wide-ranging project to promote better information sharing across agencies and support the Local Preventative Strategy in improving the outcomes of children in Gloucestershire

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ISA SCOPE

  • ·All children between 0 - 18.
  • · Encompasses vulnerable children, children in need, children at risk etc.

ALL CHILDREN (125,800)

Offending &

behavioural

problems

VULNERABLE CHILDREN (45,000)

Abuse

&

neglect

Educational

under-

achievement

CHILDREN IN NEED (4,375)

Poor

material

conditions

Poor mental

physical &

sexual health

LOOKED-AFTER CHILDREN (470)

CHILDREN ON CPR (130)

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Police

Social Services

CAMHS

Connexions

Health

Education

SCHOOL

REFERRALS

Possible signal involvement

  • WITH AN ISA SERVICE NETWORK:

Notification of police involvement

SSD expression of interest in police involvement

Signal referral

Expression of interest in police involvement

Expression of interest from other agencies not previously involved

Signal referral

Possible notification of SSD referral

Expression of interest in SSD referral

Possible notification of CAMHS & SSD referral

ISA NETWORK

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SERVICE DELIVERY

  • WITH AN ISA SERVICE NETWORK:

Education

Connexions

Ed Psy

CAMHS

Health

From

age 3/4

From

age 13

From

birth

. .

ISA

network

Social care

Voluntary

sector

From involvement

ISA service network - constantly sharing information

Housing

Police

YOT

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PROF. PRACTICES

  • PRODUCTS:
  • Audit of current practice & systems
  • Agreed CAM / CAF policy
  • CAM / CAF implementation programme – June 2004
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LEGAL & INFO.

  • PRODUCTS:
  • Caldicott Guardian legal framework
  • Information sharing agreement
  • User Guide
  • Data Protection policy statement
  • Privacy statement
  • Consent documentation – July 2004
  • MOU / SLA – September 2004
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COMMS. & PR

  • PRODUCTS:
  • C&YPSP vision statement & LPS paper
  • Branding
  • Communication Plan
  • Web site
  • Service directory – June 2004
  • Newsletter
  • Workgroup & seminar package
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IT DEVELOPMENT

  • PRODUCTS:
  • Assessment of IT systems in development to support ISA
  • E-GIF technical statement – June 2004
  • Security statement - June 2004
  • Technical feasibility report - July 2004
  • Short-list if IT systems most likely to meet SOR - September 2004
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KEY DELIVERABLES

  • SUMMER 2004:
  • ·Common Practices
  • ·Common Language
  • ·Common Assessment Framework
  • ·Child Action Model Locality Groups
  • ISA Resource Pack
  • Business Case
  • · Statement of Requirement for an ISA IT solution
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NEXT STEPS

  • AUTUMN 2004:
  • · Trailblazer report
  • SPRING 2005:
  • · Children Bill
  • · Funding for ISA IT system
  • SUMMER 2005:
  • · Procurement of an IT system
  • · ISA IT Pilot
  • SPRING 2006:
  • ·Full working ISA system with a comprehensive database of children in Gloucestershire
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DATABASE

PERSONAL & SENSITIVE INFORMATION:

• Forename (s) • Surname (s)

• Date of birth • Gender

• Address (es) • Ethnicity

• Unique number • Education

• Parent / guardian details

• GP • Health Visitor

• Assessed needs • Keyworker

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CHILDREN BILL

AGENCIES REQUIRED TO SUPPLY DATA:

• Local Authorities • Police

• Probation boards • YOS

• Strategic Health Auth. • NHS Trusts

• NHS Foundation Trusts • LSC

• Maintained schools• Ind. schools

• FE institutions• Prisons

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CHILDREN BILL

  • AGENCIES PERMITTED TO SHARE DATA:
  • • Inland Revenue
    • Child benefit records & Child tax credit record
  • • Secretary of State
    •  DWP benefit records
  • • Registered childminders & day care providers
  • • Registered social landlords
  • • Voluntary organisations working with children