Children in Need

Do you need support in progressing your
current child in need cases?

Proven to de-escalate up to 80% of cases, Innovate CYPS’ 14-week
Children in Need (CIN) programme significantly reduces the long-term
reliance on CIN plans, eliminates drift and identifies those children
at risk, earlier.

Managed by a team of highly-experienced senior social workers,
the programme has one main aim; to make sure each
child receives the right intervention at exactly the right time.

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Sharing accountability

The CIN programme involves Innovate CYPS taking full case management of all cases, ensuring the local authority’s statutory responsibilities are met.

Our social work practitioners are supported and monitored by experienced team managers to make sure that cases are progressed within the agreed timelines. This avoids drift and safely progresses cases to step down, closure or escalating to CP as appropriate.

Of course, we realise no two local authorities are the same, even though their statutory responsibilities are. That’s why we take a deep-dive diagnostic review of your existing service to discover what your challenges are. This is so that we can co-produce a new way of working to make sure the changes we introduce at a service-level are sustainable to avoid future drift and delay.

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Being outcomes-focused, we set very clear and measurable KPIs with you, which are routinely monitored. This gives you the confidence that the programme is delivering measurable intervention to achieve sustainable change. We also appreciate that whilst KPIs are important, we will always focus on the quality of our work.

A key aspect in sustaining step down to early help is making sure all those involved with the child can deliver a SMART plan. Leaning on each other for support and holding each other to account gives them the confidence to know when a case needs to be escalated. And crucially, when it does not.

With the programme engaging multi-agency partners from the beginning, we have a proven track-record of successfully de-escalating up to 80% of families within the project timeframe (where it is assessed as being safe and the correct outcome for the child).

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CIN at North East Lincolnshire

“Some of the cases Innovate CYPS’ social workers managed were very complex – they’ve made a hugely positive impact in those children’s lives.

“As a service, we’re also in a much better place. Our auditing process shows that service quality has been consistently improving. Our service is no longer characterised by drift and delay, with over 90% of CIN and CP visits completed within the timeframe.”

Dawn Alaszewski, Head of Children’s Services, North East Lincolnshire Council

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