Presentation on theme: "Merton Children’s Services - from Good to Great Children’s Trust & MSCB Partners Workshop – 12 March 2013."— Presentation transcript:
Merton Children’s Services - from Good to Great Children’s Trust & MSCB Partners Workshop – 12 March 2013
Context Deficit reduction Welfare benefit changes Changes for partner agencies: Health, Police, VCS, schools and academies Local population changes Increased public expectations on service Tougher inspection regimes
Our ambitions We have the highest ambitions for all our C&YP and will judge our success by a range of criteria including: –Providing or commissioning services or settings which are judged good or outstanding; –Improving outcomes, closing gaps: particularly for vulnerable C&YP –Demonstrating C&YP views & ambitions have informed our service offer and their improvement –Evidencing that our EIP work has prevented C&YP from developing higher needs or stepping down from intervention and developing resilience and independence
Children’s Trust Values Keeping the child/young person at the heart of our work. Equality, equity, inclusion and valuing diversity – judged on our impact on the most vulnerable Local accountability and partnership Making a difference – continuous improvement Promoting a learning culture Promoting a culture which listens to, responds to and which values C&YP
Where Are We Now? Retained a strong partnership ethos and commitment, despite turbulence – ethos of co- operation - collaboration – integration Safe services; good services; improving services Actively using evidence of what works Bar rising-inspection & expectations Sharper targeting – ensuring impact & using resources wisely and well
Responding to these changes Restructured CSF: CSC & YI, MASH, Transforming Families & Supporting Families Refreshing tools to support: CYPWB Model, Common & Shared Assessment (CASA), Single Assessment, referral pathways Refreshed commissioning of external early intervention services – process ongoing
Service Manager Permanency & Placements & LAC Head of Children’s and Families Social Care & Youth Inclusion Service Manager Safeguards, Standards & Training MASH Bond Road S47 Assessment Team VCT CASA Strategic Lead for MARAC, MAPPA, OMP Fostering Adoption 14+ Settled LAC & Leaving Care LAC Nurse Virtual School Link Core Social Work Teams Wraparound Child Protection Project (To be Developed /Commissioned ) Strategic Lead for CAMHS, MST YOT TF Casework Team Rapid Response EI Service – Adolescents Team (to be developed /commissioned) ETE Team Service Manager MASH & Child Protection Service Manager Family & Adolescent Services Service Manager Social Work Intervention Services Role of Principal Social Worker QA IROs LSCB Training & development Children, Schools & Families Dept CSC & YI `
Children, Schools & Families Dept EDUCATION Head of Children, Schools & Families Education Strategic Manager for School Improvement Strategic Manager Special Educational Needs, Disabilities & Inclusion Strategic Manager Early Years. Children’s Centres & Childcare School Improvement Governor Services Virtual School for LAC Schools ICT Professional Development Centre Chaucer Diversity & Equalities Strategic Manager Education Inclusion Education Welfare Service Virtual Behaviour Service Commissioning of Alt Education Provision Commissioning of Youth Services Delivery Education Lead for CAMHS CWD Social Work Team Portage, Early Support & Targeted Inclusion Speech & Language Language & Learning Education Psychology Short Breaks Service Statutory SEN/ Transitions Sensory Impairment Parent Partnership Supporting Families 0-5 (Enhanced Service) EYFS Quality Standards & Workforce Development Children’s Centres& Early Help Childcare Sufficiency & Access Family Information Direct Provision (APG, Day Nursery, Pre-school, Children’s Centres
Purpose of the MASH In Merton the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) will be the central resource and the single front door for all contacts to children’s services where there is a ‘concern’ in relation to a child and their family.
The MASH will: –Manage referrals received. –Research information held on professional databases of our Partner agencies to enable social care to make an informed decision. –Provide a secure and confidential environment for professionals to share information. –Identify low-level repeat referrals which taken in isolation may not appear concerning. –Prioritise referrals using a BRAG rating. –Refer to other agencies Role of the MASH
MASH MA Staffing The MASH will be staffed by professionals from: –Children’s social care –Police –Probation –Housing –Health –Education (0-19 yrs) –Youth Justice
MASH Process/Procedure Before making a MASH enquiry, agencies will need to consider if the child or young person’s needs could be met by services from their own agency, or by other professionals already involved with the family (Universal). Agencies would be encouraged to make an enquiry only when they consider a family requires either an enhanced or specialist service, or when there is an immediate concern (Enhanced and Specialist).
MASH & Child Protection Service Structure MASH & Child Protection Service Manager MASH Partner Line Management CAF, Bond Road etc. MASH Team First Response Team MASH Team Manager MASH Partner Staff (navigators) MASH Screening Officers (x3) MASH Social Workers (x2) Education 0-19 yrs Probation Youth Justice Housing Police (x4) Health Admin Support (x2) First Response Social Workers (x4) Expert Practitioner First Response ATM MASH ATM VCT
BRAG ratings Red: There is a potential child protection issue (e.g. serious injury to the child). Requires immediate action, and information from MASH navigators is expected within 2 hours. Amber: There are significant concerns but immediate action is not required (e.g. ongoing DV issues in the household). Requires information from MASH navigators within 6 hours.
BRAG ratings Green: There are concerns regarding a child’s wellbeing but these do not meet statutory requirements (e.g. poor school attendance). Requires information from selected MASH navigators within 24 hours. Blue: There is no safeguarding concern and the issue can be dealt with by a Universal service. No MASH response required. Advice or referral to a Universal service may be provided.
BRAG ratings Green: Concerns regarding a child’s wellbeing but without meeting statutory requirements (e.g. poor school attendance). Requires information from selected MASH navigators within 24 hours. Blue: There is no safeguarding concern and the issue can be dealt with by a Universal service. No MASH response required. Advice or referral to a Universal service may be provided. Red: Potential child protection issue (e.g. serious injury to child). Requires immediate action, and information from MASH navigators is expected within 2 hours. Amber: There are significant concerns but immediate action is not required (e.g. ongoing DV issues in the household). Requires information from MASH navigators within 6 hours.
Process map Screening Team receives CP Referral or CASA contact If a social care case is open, pass to allocated social worker If no social care case is open, level of concern is identified Pass to relevant agency or NFA Allocate to First Response team MASH process MASH manager decision MASH manager decides on BRAG rating Refer to enhanced service or other social work team to complete single assessment NFA RAG Child Protection issueSafeguarding concern (not CP) No concern B Carry out single assessment, referring to MASH navigators for real-time info
Receiving Teams MASH VCT Central Social Work Teams First Response Team Bond Road Supporting Families Transforming Families YOT & My Futures Voluntary Sector Services – Specialist Level EWS ICWD Social Work
Next Steps A performance framework for MASH is being developed. Agencies will begin working on the 12 th floor to ensure a fully operational MASH team by April. The Information Sharing Agreement will be signed by the Project Board. The necessary IT systems will be procured and/or put in place. A ‘dry run’ for the MASH team will be carried out to ensure the process is robust.
Further information on MASH Further information is available on the Merton MASH webpage at www.merton.gov.uk/mashwww.merton.gov.uk/mash The London Safeguarding Children Board also has information on MASH across London at www.londonscb.gov.uk/mash www.londonscb.gov.uk/mash Or contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org from the Merton MASH Project Team.email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
CSF Dept. Early Intervention services 0-5 years – Supporting Families Team 5-18 years – Vulnerable Children’s Team Transforming Families Team
FUNCTIONS OF SF, VCT & TF Referrals via MASH process Step down from specialist intervention Casework and case management approach (assessment and planning) Single assessment Direct work with children/young people & families Brokerage to commissioned services Advice, guidance and support to practitioners working at universal level
Work in Progress Simplified Child/YP Well-Being Model: universal; enhanced & specialist Single assessment - inc specialist Simplified our approach to Common and Shared Assessment New child protection referral form
Builds on success of CAF implementation within Merton Well Being Model (MWBM) since 2005 as tool supporting joint working across all services New dedicated MASH Child Protection Referral Form now distinct from …. … new simplified Common and Shared Assessment (CASA) tool within Early Intervention services (formerly CAF) CASA at Universal Level to have seamless interface with new Single Assessment tool at Enhanced and Specialist levels Principles of CASA (Common and Shared Assessment)
Continues to Support sharing of information Focus on Strengths as well as Needs Holistic Family focus Empowering for family, while working jointly with practitioners as member of Team Around the Child (TAC) or Team Around the Family (TAF) Remains consistent with other LAs CAFs or equivalent Principles of CASA (Common and Shared Assessment)
Assessment Framework Triangle 27
Introduction to revised form 1 - CASA
Introduction to Child Protection Referral Form
MWBM Additional Needs Indicators
Roll out of CASA and new CP Referral Form To be launched with MASH roll out Forms supported by dedicated simple Guidance Sheets CASA Training to replace CAF Training: details on Merton website at www.merton.gov.uk/caf will dovetail with www.merton.gov.uk/casa www.merton.gov.uk/cafwww.merton.gov.uk/casa CSF Induction and LSCB Child Protection Training will reflect new CASA and CP Referrals processes Sets of Additional Needs Indicators updated to align with new 3-band ‘Triangle’ model versus former 5-band ‘Rainbow’ model Merton Well Being Model (MWBM) is being updated to reflect all of the above, and supporting practitioner handbook will continue to be available as on-line central point of reference and guidance: www.merton.gov.uk/mwbm www.merton.gov.uk/mwbm