CIN: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

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432

432 Children in Need cases

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79%

79% of cases closed in first CIN Programme

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100%

100% of assessments completed to agreed timescales

The challenge

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council (BwD) were experiencing unprecedented demand on their Children’s Services resources, with a 25% increase over 12 months. Looking for short-term external support to relieve pressure on their in-house team, they identified the Innovate CYPS 14-week Child in Need (CIN) programme as a practical, cost-effective solution. We were contracted to provide a fully managed service for an initial three-month period, focusing on 144 open CIN cases. The contract was extended for a further three-month and eight-week phases. Based on intensive intervention with children and families, our CIN programme aims to reduce the need for ongoing statutory intervention being necessary and provides better outcomes for children and young people.

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Our approach

Our agile business model enabled us to respond quickly and make an immediate impact, stabilising the caseload management situation. The first step was to appoint an Innovate CYPS Project Manager who provided management oversight and reviewed all cases to ensure they were within the scope of the programme. One week later, we deployed our team of eight highly qualified social workers. They were supported by an experienced project support team enabling the practitioners to focus on intervention and achieving good quality outcomes.

Our social workers followed a robust CIN review framework of three to four CIN reviews of each case. Decisions were made for de-escalation or escalation at the appropriate time, depending on risk and need, working with professionals to make step down more sustainable. The overall aim was to reduce, as far as possible, the number of children remaining on CIN plans.

We set clear project benchmarks and put in place robust reporting procedures. Our Project Manager attended weekly face-to-face meetings at the Council’s offices and was also available by telephone to address urgent concerns. Our weekly performance report provided the Council with clear, detailed analysis of progress to date.

The results

Over the first three-month phase of the project, the Innovate CYPS team successfully de-escalated 114 of the 144 allocated cases. A similar proportion of cases were closed in the second three-month phase and the further eight-week extension. This followed successful direct intervention with children and families, reducing reliance on long-term CIN plans and the need for statutory intervention.

During the 8-month period, our social work teams undertook the Innovate CYPS’ bespoke CIN programme with 201 families and 388 children, resulting in an average CIN plan duration of 11 weeks. 100% of assessments were completed within statutory timescales.

Of the cases assessed, 11.1% were referred directly to the BwD Children in Need service and 8.2% were progressed to Initial Child Protection Conference (ICPC). In 0.5% of cases, children became Looked-After and in 29.6% of cases the ‘Step Down’ process was implemented. 50.5% of cases were closed. 80.1% of cases were safely de-escalated as a result of this approach.

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What our clients say

“This has proved to be an excellent project. It assisted BwD at a time of need with a first-class project and a successful, positive, trusting relationship developed. I highly recommend Innovate CYPS. It was the first time BwD had to use an agency and my searching for one with the right approach and calibre of leaders, managers and staff certainly paid off.”

Linda Clegg, Director of Children’s Services,
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Children in Need

Children in Need

Reduce your reliance on long-term CIN plans. Our highly experienced CIN social work team will take on statutory case management and follow a locally-tailored, sustainable and intensive home-based intervention programme. We’ll leave you with reduced CIN numbers and a legacy model to prevent drift and avoid future delay.

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Duty & Assessment

Duty & Assessment

Are you looking for more capacity within your duty and assessment team to clear a backlog of cases? Or do you reprieve to look at a service restructure. We can help by managing cases coming in for referral and assessment. So you can be confident your local authority is meeting its statutory responsibilities, whilst we give your staff the chance to bring their cases up-to-date and leave your service with manageable caseloads.

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Edge of Care

Edge of Care

Reduce your edge of care costs and improve the life chances of vulnerable children and young people. Our solution brings statutory social work and multidisciplinary support together in a far more structured and focused way to deliver sustainable positive outcomes and huge cost-savings. Our aim is simple – to keep the young people we support safe and prevent them from being unnecessarily placed into care.

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High-Cost Placement

High-Cost Placement

Our managed service model is proven to increase the range of foster care provision available to meet the needs of children who would otherwise be placed within high-cost residential or external foster care placements. In return, you’ll save on your placement budget, increase your in-house foster service capacity and capabilities to secure better outcomes and reduce the number of placement moves for children and young people.

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MASH

MASH

Are you struggling to keep up with what is an impossible number of MASH referrals? Let us take the pressure off and help you develop a more robust, timely MASH. We’ll manage all contacts and referrals coming through your front-door and work with you to co-produce a new MASH model. One that secures timely outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and their families.

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Discharge of Care

Discharge of Care

Could addressing a much-overlooked area of discharge of care orders reduce LAC numbers and create direct cost-savings? By introducing a new model that promotes the timely discharge of care orders and the conversion of foster carers or kinship carers into Special Guardians, we can achieve measurable cost-savings. All whilst securing plans of permanence for children and young people.

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Safeguarding

Safeguarding

Do you have concerns about the length of time children are subject to child protection plans? If yes, how do you improve the timeliness of care proceedings and ensure that cases are front loaded? Holding case management for an agreed amount of time, we will dramatically increase the pace of action in progressing complex cases. We’ll also work with you to introduce proven sustainable longer-term solutions to reduce the risk of drift and delay.

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Children with Disabilities

Children with Disabilities

In most cases, needs of those children and young people can be met within Early Help or outside of social care within the local authority’s existing offer. Proven to close up to 30% of cases to social services and step down a further 20%, Innovate CYPS’ 14-week Children with Disabilities (CWD) programme reduces costs whilst identifying new care pathways for children, young people and their families.

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Service Auditing

Service Auditing

Are you preparing for an Ofsted inspection and want to understand where your services are at in terms of practice quality and performance? Our team will review your case files and practice across the child’s pathway to give you a thorough understanding of the areas that most need your attention.  As part of our knowledge-transfer, we also mentor your front-line managers on our auditing process for a 360 approach.

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  • Children in Need
  • Duty & Assessment
  • Edge of Care
  • High-Cost Placement
  • MASH
  • Discharge of Care
  • Safeguarding
  • Children with Disabilities
  • Service Auditing

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