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1 Every Child Matters In Manchester

2 Every Child Matters in Manchester
Model of early intervention and prevention: Guidance for practitioners who work with children and families for the assessment and planning for children with additional needs (updating current Multi-Agency Case Planning Guidance for Vulnerable Children and Children in Need) – sets out how Common Assessment Framework will be used in Manchester Continuum of Needs and Responses (the windscreen, updating our priority guidance rating) A common process model based on consultation, assessment, planning, doing and reviewing Updated multi-agency referral and assessment form Information sharing guidance


4 Background Work identified & given impetus by the Every Child Matters Programme Revisions required by CAF & other developments Feedback from Practitioners Common process fundamental to Children’s Trust Arrangements

5 Victoria’s Web

6 The Common Assessment Framework (CAF)
The CAF is a shared assessment (and planning) tool used across agency to help practitioners develop a shared understanding of a Childs needs so they can be meet more effectively CAF is an important tool for early intervention it helps practitioners assess needs in earlier stages and work with families and other practitioners to meet those needs It does not replace MSCB procedures.

7 Key aims and principles of the CAF
Introduction to CAF Key aims and principles of the CAF A standard national approach Assessment to support earlier intervention A process supported by a standard form Holistic CAF cannot guarantee service provision Empowering and a joint process Simple and practical Focuses on needs and strengths Improve joint working and communication Rationalise assessments Support the sharing of information Support better referrals, where appropriate Principles Aims

8 Rationale for lead professional
Evidence suggests that the lead professional is central to the effective delivery of integrated services to children who require support from a number of practitioners. It helps to overcome some of the frustrations traditionally experienced by service users with a range of needs, e.g.: numerous lengthy meetings; lack of co-ordination; conflicting and confusing advice; not knowing who to speak to; the right support not being available at the right time. It can also help alleviate the frustrations often felt by practitioners in accessing other services.

9 Vision and functions of lead professional
Vision: All children and young people with additional needs who require support from more than one practitioner should experience a seamless and effective service in which one practitioner takes a lead role to ensure that services are co-ordinated, coherent and achieving intended outcomes Core Functions Act as a single point of contact for the child or family Co-ordinate the delivery of actions agreed by the practitioners involved Reduce overlap and inconsistency in the services received

10 Information sharing / Consultation
Level 2 Children with additional needs Common Assessment. Integrated targeted support. Lead Professional functions Children whose additional needs are clear Single Practitioner/Agency Targeted Support Lead Professional not required Children with immediate needs / request for Statutory Intervention Integrated Support Lead Professional functions Transition Level 2 Children with no additional identified needs Lead Professional not required Universal Services Children with complex needs Integrated support Statutory / specialist intervention Lead Professional required Parent / Carer Child Level 1 Level 3 Family / Environment Early Intervention Information sharing / Consultation Effective Protection

11 Transition to Children’s Services Social Care
 Level 1 2 Transition to Children’s Services Social Care 3 DEFINITION / ILLUSTRATION ALL CHILDREN and YOUNG PEOPLE CHILDREN and YOUNG PEOPLE with ADDITIONAL NEEDS CHILDREN and YOUNG PEOPLE with IMMEDIATE NEEDS CHILDREN and YOUNG PEOPLE with COMPLEX NEEDS CIRCUMSTANCES & KEY FEATURES (These are examples not an exhaustive list) (Also includes unborn children Children and families needs are fully met by access to and availability of a range of effective universal services to which they are entitled. Child/young person has no additional needs. Children who need targeted/integrated support early and at the first sign of need, as universal provision is insufficient to meet the needs of the child and family. Children who need early intervention to reduce the likely impact of: - ·          Impaired health, development & education ·          Disability ·          Living in or at risk of living in temporary accommodation ·          Social exclusion ·          Anti-social behaviour / Risk of offending ·          Living in families with refugee and asylum seeking status ·          Substance / alcohol misuse ·          Teenage pregnancy/ parenting ·          Private fostering arrangements Children whose parents/carers need additional support and whose difficulties impact on the child’s well-being e.g. domestic abuse, mental health, learning disability, alcohol/substance misuse, acute and chronic illness, teenage parents Children for whom integrated support at level 2 is not sufficient to meet their needs and who require safeguarding (S.17) Children who are ·          Missing from home ·          Unaccompanied and asylum seeking ·          Privately fostered ·          On the edge of care ·          Young carers Children who require integrated support from statutory or specialist services to reduce the risk from potential or actual significant harm Children whose primary need is for protection and who require an immediate/same day response (S.47) ·          At risk of or who are experiencing significant harm due to neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, domestic abuse. ·          Subject to emergency protection orders ·          Subject to police protection orders ·          At risk of child sexual exploitation At risk of, or who are being trafficked Children who require integrated support from statutory or specialist services ·          Children subject to child protection plans ·          Children who are privately fostered. ·          Children subject to supervision orders ·          Children who are young carers ·          Children who are looked after ·          Children who are care leavers ·          Children for whom adoption is the plan ·          Children who have severe and complex special educational needs ·          Children who have complex health needs or disabilities ·          Children who are offending/involved with Youth justice ·          Children who have significant mental health problems RESPONSE (This is a menu of responses – can be one or a combination of the responses) Provision of universal services to meet the needs of all children and young people. Consultation with other services/practitioners Single practitioner/agency assessment Single agency / practitioner case planning / targeted support / signposting Review of plan Lead professional not required Common assessment Single agency/ practitioner response as above or Multi-agency case planning / integrated support. Lead professional identified Consultation with multi-agency team/ lead professional /referrer Initial assessment Strategy discussion (S.47) Section 47 enquiry (S.47) Core assessment Multi-agency case planning Lead professional identified from statutory agency or as per best practice Ongoing plan for the promotion and safeguarding of the child’s welfare Ongoing multi-agency assessment Specialist assessment if required Child protection plan, core groups Multi-agency case planning and review Lead professional identified from statutory agency Statutory LAC planning and review Ongoing care planning Multi-agency assessment which may include specialist assessment, case planning and review OUTCOMES FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES Be healthy ·Stay safe Enjoy and achieve ·Make a positive contribution Economic well-being ·          Children and families have a secure sense of belonging in a family / school / local community ·Be healthy ·          Stay safe ·          Enjoy and achieve ·          Make a positive contribution ·          Economic well-being ·          Effective protection Children and families have a secure sense of belonging in a family / school / local community (Permanence)

12 The CAF as part of a continuum
I = Identification and action T = Transition N = Needs met

13 Information Sharing Guidance for Practitioners
Based on DCSF guidance. Overarching guidance for sharing information on individual children.

14 Information sharing key principles
An introduction to information sharing Information sharing key principles Practitioners must: Openly and honestly explain what, how and why information will be shared Seek consent - if not secured, this should be respected where possible (unless there is sufficient need to over-ride the lack of consent) Always consider a child’s safety and welfare when making decisions about sharing Record the reasons for the decision – whether it is to share or not. Seek advice where in doubt Ensure information is accurate, up to date, necessary, shared with the appropriate people and stored safely

15 Information sharing decision making
Decisions require informed judgement Consent is the key to successful information sharing (Even where the law does not demand it, operating with consent is good practice) Likely outcome if information is shared Likely outcome if information is not shared

16 Early Intervention and Prevention
Child and family City Wide and District Implementation Common Process / CAF and Lead Professional Learning & Development (Support)

17 CAF Team contact details
CAF Coordinator (Wythenshawe) Kerry Vacara CAF Coordinator (South) Samantha Tran CAF Coordinator (Central West) Nicky Johnson CAF Coordinator (Central East) Bernie Liburd CAF Coordinator (North West) Steven Parker CAF Coordinator (North East) Patricia Campbell Training Information Darren Chambers CAF Project Manager Rosemary Braithwaite

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