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1 Developing Integrated Youth Support Services in Leicestershire
Neil Hanney Senior Strategy Manager Integrated Youth Support Leicestershire County Council

2 Integrated youth support services Targeted youth support
The Integrated Youth Offer links with many elements of the ECM agenda and Targeted Youth Support cannot be delivered without these Targeted youth support Information, advice & guidance Positive activities Community & volunteering By December 08 to reform radically support services for vulnerable young people and their families Youth matters Integrated youth support services Targeted youth support Extended services Children’s centres Common Assessment Framework Lead Professional 14-19 Next Steps Workforce development Respect National Service Framework Commiss-ioning Building Schools for the Future NEET, drugs, parenting etc strategies Teenage Pregnancy Strategy 2

3 Government expectation that partners
Why make changes? Government expectation that partners transform leisure-time opportunities and support services. Even for high performing authorities like ours Improve life chances of all young people Emphasis on a more preventative system Build resilience Intervene sooner when problems arise

4 Active involvement of partners
Guided by IYSS Steering Group Reported to 13+ Group, CYP Exec and CYP Board Each partner agency responsible for engaging their own staff in discussions and keeping them up to speed Draft recommendations and consultation Revised recommendations Working on an Implementation Plan

5 Leicestershire’s Approach to Integrated working
Brings together a number of policy areas: the common assessment framework, extended services, the development of school partnerships to improve behaviour and reduce absence and the developing role of area special schools. The approach is based on the ‘windscreen of need’ model which describes both additional needs and provision made for children and young people with varying levels of difficulty.

6 Integrated Working in Leicestershire
We’ve developed an integrated working model for Leicestershire – lead by CYPS based on a windscreen Looked at needs of young people and how different levels of services can best meet those needs Windscreen model seeks to offer children and young people support at an early stage as well as supporting young people to move down the windscreen. Universal: Two thirds (66%) of children and young people will have their needs met by universal services; those that you can walk into off the street so to speak, such as Accident and Emergency, GPs, Youth Clubs and schools Targeted: Just under a third (30%) will need additional support in the form of targeted services Specialist: Some 3% will need access to specialist services, such as hospital, social care support, or special schools Highly Specialist: 1% who need highly specialist services/support which may be regionally based rather than locally based, such as residential special school, young offender institutions, or specialist regional medical provision. Identifies levels of children and young peoples needs as well as the levels that the services operate at. Adopted by agencies across Leicestershire – common language Multi-agency forums based around schools Early identification of vulnerable young people through CAF Multi-agency plans drawn up to meet identified needs Area Placement Panels for young people at risk of exclusion and excluded from school Head teachers work together to find alternative placements for young people Additional support also identified for young people

Part of a larger agenda of local integration Not create a new service called IYSS Partner agencies should improve how we currently operate as a ‘network’ using local knowledge and data to plan, commission and deliver services at a local level A local youth offer that is available for all and with a planned emphasis towards vulnerable young people

IYSS should cover the secondary school age range Extended Services Locality Partnership Groups might expand their brief to incorporate IYSS Partner resources are re-focussed Explore the potential of co-location Create multi-agency ‘hubs’ for service delivery and staff work bases, with strong outreach capacity

For individuals experiencing difficulties and for groups with high risk factors TYS network further enhanced within each locality All partner agencies identify a nominated link worker to liaise with TYS network Agencies identify how they will increase the capacity to contribute to TYS in each locality.

10 A locality network for TYS?

11 Existing targeted work will form part of a bigger picture of TYS
Preventative group work Commissioned work from VCS Links with schools/FE Outreach IAG Targeted Universal Positive Activities &Youth Work Universal Targeted Generate CAF when necessary Act as Lead Professional Links to local Health Managers Support CAF exits Link to wider Family Support Joint work with YOS Prevention Priority neighbourhoods Targeted Voice of YP work

12 Common Assessment Framework as part of TYS
Multi-agency Forums Established around families of schools and developed in every locality across Leicestershire YISP Panels have been merged with the forums Enables the early identification of vulnerable young people through CAF Attended by a range of agencies (statutory and voluntary) Multi-agency plans are drawn up to meet children and young peoples identified needs Featured as good practice by the Children’s Commissioner in a programme for Teachers TV

13 Area Placement Panels For young people at risk of exclusion and excluded from school Led by CYPS, Locality Support Services Head Teachers work together to find alternative placements for young people Additional support is also identified for young people where needed Picked up as best practice in the East Midlands in the recent study by SEN Regional partnership in a study commissioned by East Midlands Regional Partnership

14 Targeted Youth Support
TYS supports transition into Universal for YP who also access Tier 2,3 or 4 services. Will provide targeted group work and individual support in response to needs identified at higher tiers A focus on Prevention and Intervention at tier 2

15 Benefits of a TYS network
Working in partnership with other agencies and professions to ensure prevention and early intervention with early identification of risk Joint working arrangements with schools, school support services and other professionals, including information sharing Strong links to CAF forums More holistic and co-ordinated support, including support for families Improved support across transitions Co-ordinated and more flexible contribution to community safety Bring greater coherence to the planning, commissioning and delivery of services for vulnerable teenagers. More targeted group positive activities providing Personal & Social Development Early intervention via universal settings. Strengthen the response to early problems within universal settings. Whenever appropriate TYS should help young people with additional needs to settle back into and thrive in universal settings as soon as possible Strong supervision and support for practitioners

16 Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance
Core business for Connexions Continuing focus on progression 13-19 vertical case loading Universal via PAs working in schools, Connexions offices, web, literature Meet IAG quality standards Connexions continue SLAs with schools Ensure impartial IAG Enhance Careers Education and broader IAG in universal settings e.g. schools/colleges Other agencies also offering IAG e.g Health, Housing, VCS

17 Aiming High- Positive Activities
The duty on local authorities to secure access to positive activities sufficient educational leisure-time activities which are for the improvement of young peoples’ well-being; and sufficient recreational leisure-time activities which are for the improvement of their well-being. These are referred to in the legislation as ‘positive leisure-time activities’. Youth Service is by no means the only provider of these activities Positive activities can build resilience and social and emotional skills. A national indicator to monitor increasing the proportion of young people participating in positive activities

18 Aiming High- Positive Activities
Increase local co-ordination capacity Get to know what’s out there and spot gaps Check what YP want and like and involve them Co-ordinate to fill gaps and avoid duplication Engage and support VCS Publicise and promote activities Increase mobile/outreach provision Link with ‘v’ programme for young volunteers Know total resource available in a District Local shaping of commissioning – even if actual task done centrally: a local forum to agree Help grow the ‘market’- Support for new community groups/volunteers Safeguarding and Quality assurance

19 Making a Positive Contribution
The Pyramid of Participation should be the preferred system for involving young people Active involvement reinforced through the implementation of the Hear By Right framework by all partners The Youth Service will be the lead agency for supporting the County Youth Council (CYCLe) Youth Service to develop SLAs with local partners for supporting District Youth Councils

20 Hinckley & Bosworth and NW Leics
Two Pilots next year February 2009 to end of June 2009 Hinckley & Bosworth and NW Leics

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