Family Insights

Wellbeing, Care and Learning - Children


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April 2016

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June 2015

Mick McCracken is continuing staff briefings to give updates on Family Insights.

He discussed the 4 elements to the programme.

Including more time to work directly with families. Reviews of Care First. Mobile working – laptops or tablet use.

Teams being put into place, approximately 270 applications for the Family Support posts.

2 segments have been identified which are –

  1. Child problematic behaviour.
  2. Physical abuse associated with parental mental health, substance abuse and domestic violence.

The other 2 segments will be decided in autumn.

Discussion around ‘Step up to Social Work’. Graduates with 2:1 and above – can step up to SW qualification work-based.

12 Authorities are taking part – split into two with Newcastle and Darlington leading. The first students will be with Newcastle from January (3 students). It’s a 16 month programme and if they qualify then Newcastle decides whether to employ them. Manchester MET providing academic support supported by Morning Lane.

There was also information regarding ‘Frontline’. This was in terms of A Consultant Social Worker and 4 students. (A social work unit).

Currently Frontline is operating in Manchester and London but want to come further north.

If Frontline is used then there is no input on who the students are and Newcastle would be obligated to employ them at the end of the course.

We have asked for further detail regarding both Frontline and Morning Lane.

Questions which were raised by staff –

Q. How many segments will there be in total?

A. About 12 in total if we further develop this way of working.

Q. This is dependent then on the 4 initial segments?

A. Yes, delivery of outcomes and value for money.

Q. Working systemically and holistic view- do we have agreement of partnership working / agencies?

A. Yes progress reports to Children’s Trusts etc.

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May 2015

The majority of posts have been appointed to with Kim Brown and Abby Waites becoming the new Service Managers. The applications for Family Support Worker posts are currently being considered.

Mick McCracken is attending various sites to update staff and from the first of those meetings the following items were discussed-

The re-design of the assessment tool (trialled in IRS) this is virtually ready to be used and the expectation is that work can be pared down to avoid duplication.

Looking to procure two types to trial in the next few weeks, 24 staff will be asked to take part in this trial.

Further detail and information should be outlined within the next few weeks.

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April 2015

The posts within Family Insights are still being populated.

As previously reported there will be four segments and the first two have been chosen, using the Initial Assessment Concern Factors and with the input of staff in IRS –

Work has taken place to streamline ICS processes and CareFirst. This will contribute to the roll out of mobile working providing more time for direct work. Investments in learning and development will be part of the programme so that all social workers are able to practise systemically.

Mick McCracken is due to attend various sites in the next few weeks and I’ve asked that I can attend to pick up on any issues.


 

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