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Essex partnership board

Essex Partnership Board

Project Progress Update

Oct 2014

Strengthening communities progress report october 2014
Strengthening CommunitiesProgress Report – October 2014

  • Highlights:

  • VCS Framework - Progress made by the ECSG in securing sign up amongst partners identified as early adopters

  • Youth Volunteering - Delivery sites briefed, procurement exercise for redevelopment of ‘Volunteer Essex’ website started

  • Time/Care Banking - FBC approved , funding secured for 12 months of delivery starting August

  • Community Builders – Funding proposed to extend delivery in Tendring from 1st October to March 2015. Aspects of this work will be developed as part of the TCA bid

  • Transformation Challenge Award – Expression of Interest for funding in 2015/16 supported. Business case in development, for completion by October 2014

  • Who Will Care? - Roll out of successful local schemes mobilised

  • Next key activities:

  • Develop TCA bid with partners

  • Refine plans for delivery in 15/16 with partners

  • Address funding gap across the Strengthening Communities programme for 14/15

  • Countywide roll out of Time & Care Banking and WWC schemes

  • Plan WWC Civic Innovation event

  • Redevelopment of ‘Volunteer Essex’ website to enable to the Youth Volunteering pilot

Key Milestones




Youth Volunteering marketing begins

Partners signed up to VCS Framework and Essex Compact

Who Will Care? Civic innovation event

Youth Volunteering project goes live

End of Community Builders pilot in Tendring

  • Key Challenges

  • Funding – The programme has a funding shortfall for project delivery in 2014/15. Securing funding from partners to support schemes remains a challenge.

  • Benefits/Outcomes – Although these have been defined for the Time & Care Banking and Youth Volunteering schemes , the overall programme outcomes are still in development. Robustly defining benefits, especially cashable, continues to be a challenging proposition with the type of work involved in the existing schemes. Benefit definition is an issue for the WWC workstreams although plans are in place to address this.

  • Stakeholder Engagement – Improvements have been made through the revised membership of the SC group. This will be a challenge over the coming months as we liaise to develop our plans for 2015/16.

  • Gaining partner sign up across the county for the VCS Framework also has the potential to be challenging for the ECSG.

Domestic abuse progress report october 2014
Domestic AbuseProgress Report – October 2014

  • Highlights:

  • The Basildon & Braintree pilot ended on 31st July. The pilot supported 748 domestic abuse victims in total. An evaluation/closure report is currently being drafted

  • The DA strategic board has approved the development of the domestic abuse programme for schools and colleges

  • The perpetrator workstream has commissioned research on existing perpetrator programmes across the county

  • A collaboration agreement required for partners to sign off before publishing the Support Services contract specification is being drafted

  • A JDATT & MARAC Operational Governance group has been created. The group will have operational oversight of the JDATT & MARAC and report to the Southend, Essex and Thurrock Domestic Abuse strategic board

  • Next key activities

  • Agree details and locations of case finding pilots with NHS partners

  • Advertise and publish the Support Services (IDVA) FY2015/16 contract specification

Key Milestones(include achieved milestones over last 2 months & next 2 months)

Victim Support IDVA’s operational

Basildon & Braintree pilot ends






Acc. & Support pathways mapped

Implement interim JDATT IS solution

DA prog. for school’s - Proposal approved

Safer Places

IDVA’s operational

Basildon & Braintree pilot – closure report

Safer Accommodation – Countywide reciprocal agreement signed off

Safer Accommodation – Information Sharing Agreement signed off

DA prog for school’s – Development commences

  • Key Challenges:

  • Stakeholders – There is a good level of engagement with partners across board. However, more engagement with health partners will be welcome

  • Outcomes/Benefits – Clarity on outcomes and benefits expected from initiatives being implemented is required. A workshop to review required outcomes has been scheduled with partners across the domestic abuse partnership

  • Communications – The project does not currently have a joined up communications plan across partners to ensure stakeholders are aware of planned changes. We are currently working with partners to define stakeholder requirements and develop a communications plan

Reducing reoffending progress report october 2014
Reducing Reoffending Progress Report – October 2014

  • Highlights:

  • Development of the joint commissioning plan for a Mental Health, Drugs/Alcohol and Learning Disability Offender service is proceeding well and the Joint Commissioning task group is providing input to the NOMS-ESF Employment, Training and Education/Skills funding retender

  • The first property to be purchased with the Home Improvement Agency funding has been identified

  • Offender demand pathways have been mapped and the costs associated with each pathway are currently being collated and analysed

  • Essex CRC have recruited an additional 1 FTE post to the Essex and Southend Joint Domestic Abuse Triage Teams (JDATTs) and Thurrock Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

  • A report on service user views developed by The Evidence Works has been shared with the RR board and other key stakeholders to inform future service developments

  • The revised IOM performance report has been shared with the RR board and CSP’s

  • Next key activities

  • Take forward actions from the last EOAF workshop identifying ways to better support offenders by linking drug and alcohol providers and tenancy support with accommodation providers and improving communications between partners working with offenders

  • Conduct an independent review of IOM in Essex

Key Milestones






Partnership Commissioning roadmap completed

Offender demand pathways mapped

Empty Homes Agreements signed off

Probation officer for JDATTs/MASH recruited

IOM performance framework completed and presented to RR board

Victim Voice report completed

  • Key Challenges:

  • Benefits - The benefits profiled in the current business case is based on the MOJ model. A performance framework to ascertain the activities that drive the benefits will be developed

  • Stakeholders– There is good engagement from partners including mental health, however, greater CCG representation on the RR board and Joint Commissioning group will be welcome and add value.

  • Direction/ Solution Design / Visibility – The first (and main) stage of the Transforming Rehabilitation to probation services have now been implemented. The Essex Community Rehabilitation Company (ECRC) is firmly embedded in the SET Reducing Reoffending partnership arrangements and the National Probation Service (NPS) is also beginning to link in. The new contracts for the Essex CRC will commence in April 2015.

Housing and public sector land progress report october 2014
Housing and Public Sector LandProgress Report – October 2014

  • Highlights:

  • Outline business case being presented to Essex Partnership Board in October

  • Fifth locality review underway in Braintree

  • Priority sites identified: 9.5 hectares of developable land for 600-900 units

  • Next key activities:

  • Develop full business case for operating model

  • Partners to agree to funding principle of the operating model (up front investment is paid back from value (profit) created at a site level)

  • Complete detailed feasibility studies on key sites to develop business cases for investment to develop housing

  • Continue to develop the pipeline of land

Key Milestones (next quarter)

April 2015

October 2014

Feasibility studies and business cases for up to 25 sites

Outline business case for operating model

Full business case for operating model

  • Key Challenges:

  • Solution Design, Approvals/Sign Off, Priority Alignment: approval of outline business case needed to close the gap

  • Customer Impact, Business Readiness and Transition Arrangements: partners to agree to adopting this new way of working, specifically to engage with the new operating model as part of their estate disposals process

  • Benefits: the operating model is an enabler to releasing benefits in the future through using public sector land to meet specialist and affordable housing objectives.

Family solutions progress report october 2014
Family SolutionsProgress Report – October 2014

  • Highlights:

  • Essex exceeded its interim target of ‘turning around’ 1,443 families by October 2014, passing this number in July 2014. As a result, Essex has qualified as an ‘Early Starter’ for Phase 2

  • August ’14 saw an active caseload across the service of 728 families; a caseload figure which has seen a steady increase since FS inception - 349 in October ’13 and 596 in March ’14

  • End of September ’14 figures indicate that nearly half (48%) of all closed FS episodes to date have either fully or at least partially met the targeted outcomes for the families involved.

Key Milestones

MAY 14

JUN 14

APR 14

DEC 14

NOV 14

SEP 14

AUG 14

Offender Voice report completed

Commissioning roadmap developed

Partners engaged to develop JWP’s

Restorative justice pilot

Victim & Offender Voice report implementation plan

Offender housing needs assessment

Victim Voice report completed

Skills for growth progress report october 2014
Skills for GrowthProgress Report – October 2014


  • Established the employer led Employment and Skills Board (ESB).

  • Engagement events with employers, MPs and providers have taken place.

  • Evidence base analysed and used to determine the Board’s priorities.

  • ESB has set its priorities use of the Skills Investment Fund to deliver against its aims. The aim of this is to pump prime activities with the longer term aim of being supported through the Single Local Growth Fund (SLGF), ESF, private sector match and mainstream funding

  • 3 programmes have been developed through the ESB and SIF – Digital Skills for Growth, Industry in School, Careers Tools and a Sector CPD pilot for tutors

  • Meetings have been held with Essex Providers to discuss and debate the work of the ESB and how things may go forward through the LEP

  • Employer Sector leads for ESB have established sector employers groups to work with providers/educators to alter or establish new provision to meet employer need & skills shortages

  • ESB’s across the LEP are placed at the centre of the LEP skills agenda within its Strategic Economic Plan – driving an employer-led system

    Next key activities:

  • Preparing for project closure in October 2014

  • Online portal due to launch in March 2015 after extended soft testing

Key Milestones(include achieved milestones over last 2 months & next 2 months)

March 2015

October 2014

Project Closure Report

Portal live

Key Challenges:

  • Taking our proposals forward through the SE LEP successfully. Much is still unknown about the process and timelines for how and when delivery will commence.

* ESF – European Social Fund (proposals for deployment of funds over next funding round presented to government) 

SIF – Skills Investment Fund  CIAG – Careers Information Advice and Guidance

Essex partnership board

Public Service Reform

High-Level Delivery plan (2014-2015)

EPB – 17th Jun

EPB – 10th Oct

EPB – 17th Dec

SB – 26th Sep

Basildon & Braintree pilot closure report completed

Countywide reciprocal agreements and ISA agreed

Probation & Adult Social Care join the JDATT

Support Services team go-live

Support Services put out to tender

Schools programme development

Support Services provider selected

Interim IT solution go-live

PHSE development

Health partners join the JDATT

Basildon & Braintree pilot

closure report

Design of evaluation methodology

Schools Programme developed & agreed

Schools programme -Strategic approach agreed

Identify benefits/outcomes and fill funding gap

VCS framework signed off by partners & approved by EPB

End of Community Builder trial period

Youth Vol. pilot set up & web portal go live

Comm. Builders Checkpoint review

Comm. Builders Checkpoint review

CRF fund go live

Comm. Builders Checkpoint review

Strategy responses to VCS Framework in place by partners – Apr 2015

Time/carebanking FBC Approval

Timebanking established countrywide



Online portal launched

Closure report approved by EPB

Property negotiations completed

Next steps and key milestones to be discussed and agreed

All Empty Homes properties purchased

Agreements with Thurrock Council signed off

Empty Homes funding secured

IOM performance framework completed and approved by RR board

Restorative Justice pilot go-live

Partnership Commissioning roadmap completed

Site 1 purchase decision

OBC approved by ECC (OB)

Mandate agreed

Site 1 feasibility 2

Sites 2-4 identified

Site 2-4

feasibility 1

OBC approved by EPB

Site 3 develop decision (ECC)

FBC for model (TBC)

Locality Reviews Complete

ECC investment approved by Outcomes Board

Site 4 develop decision (TBC)

Site 1 feasibility 1

Site 2 purchase decision (TBC)


In progress

At risk