Children in Need: North West Council

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257

We worked on 257 CIN cases in 14 weeks

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58%

58% of cases closed to social care

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8%

8% of cases stepped down to Early Help

The challenge

The North West Council were experiencing exceptional demand on their Children’s Services resources. Looking for extra capacity to give their internal team reprieve, the Council opted for 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 14 weeks focusing on 257 open CIN cases. Concentrating on intensive intervention with children and families, our CIN programme safely reduces the need for ongoing statutory intervention and provides better outcomes for children and young people.

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Our approach

Our CIN solution saw us mobilise a team of ten Social Workers, two Managers and one Family Support Practitioner that quickly stabilised the caseload management situation and assessed cases to identify the correct level of intervention. During week 1, our project manager reviewed the cases to ensure they were within the scope of the programme. One week later, our co-located team of experienced social workers started work. Their first task was to make sure all children were seen within five working days of allocation.

Our social workers followed a structured CIN review framework with a CIN review meeting held every four weeks. This helped to ensure decisions were made for de-escalation or escalation at the appropriate time, depending on risk and need.

A key aspect in assessing the correct level of need / intervention was our child-centred SMART planning. We set clear project KPIs and regularly provided the Council with detailed analysis of progress to date. Our Project Managers and Senior Manager also attended weekly face-to-face meetings at the Council’s offices.

The results

A key aspect in the success of the programme was the SMART care planning with children and families. This reduced the reliance on long-term CIN plans and the need for statutory intervention.

Our social work team took 123 families and 257 children through the Innovate CYPS’ CIN programme, resulting in an average CIN plan duration of 11 weeks. 100% of assessments were completed within statutory timescales.

One child became Looked-After and 8% of cases were stepped down to early help. 58% of cases were closed. 66% of cases were safely stepped down or closed as a direct result of the programme.

With a new more robust CIN model in place, the council is in a better position to avoid future drift and delay.

As part of the legacy work, we have left the Council with business process maps and ‘aid memoires’ as guides for social workers and managers to embed smarter ways of working to prevent drift and delay on future cases.

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What our clients say

“We needed a trusted partner capable of case-managing and progressing CIN cases whilst we focused on making service improvements. Innovate CYPS did not disappoint. We were impressed by the team’s intensive work in progressing CIN cases. With knowledge-transfer a key aspect of the project, we’ve now introduced SMART care planning to prevent future drift and delay.”

North West 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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