Edge of Care

Breaking the cycle of care, for good

Our programme is proven to keep over 80% of children and young people on the edge of care, within education and from being unnecessarily placed into care.

We realise it’s a bold statement, but the success our local authority partners have seen through our 12-month social work-led multidisciplinary programme, is incredible. And something we couldn’t be prouder of.

A multidisciplinary approach.

Bringing statutory social work and non-statutory multidisciplinary support together in a structured way, the programme prevents children and young people from unnecessarily entering care and supports you – the local authority – in sustaining positive change.

It secures far better outcomes for children and families on the edge of care, through a preventative rather than reactive service, directly addressing:

  • Emotional resilience skills of each parent and child
  • Individual parent/child needs; including substance misuse issues or mental health
  • Attachment-based issues
  • Specific support on issues the child faces e.g. learning needs or mental health issues
  • Disengagement with education
  • Dissuasion from risky behaviours through youth participation


Being social work-led, our focus is on changing the way edge of care services are delivered so that children, young people and their families receive the right support, from the right professional, at exactly the right time.

For a thorough overview of our edge of care methodology, listen to our Edge of Care podcast.


Who we’ve helped

We couldn’t be where we are today, making the difference we do – on the ground and at a
service management level – without the commitment from our local authority clients.

Our methodology

There are plenty of organisations offering non-statutory projects to engage young people at risk of entering the care system. But none bring statutory social work and multidisciplinary professionals in such a highly-targeted way. This is where the Edge of Care Programme is different.

For a thorough overview of our edge of care methodology, download our service guide.

Discover a new way of working.

We’ll help you reframe your edge of care services so that you can confidently reduce the number of Looked-After Children in your care.

Book a free half-day diagnostic visit from senior members of our team, we will take an objective look at your existing edge of care services; how the needs of both parent and child are being met, and where focused work with schools could dramatically increase participation in education.

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Award-Winning Programme

The Enfield Edge of Care programme received recognition at the CYPN Awards 2019 by winning The ‘Social Work’ Award, an award for innovative social work practice, recognising the initiative that has made the biggest contribution in transforming life chances and opportunities for vulnerable children and young people.

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