Progress Toward EHSG 3 Main Achievements – Data
Numbers are increasing in all areas and we are on target to meet the yearly goal. We will need to allow for a 50% dip in Decembers figures for Christmas holiday period.
There has been a steady increase of step downs – a small dip in the numbers could be where CIN/CP Meetings do not take place monthly but 6-8 weekly
Education providers are still the main area for the most CAFs however Police are hoping with the new Medway SMART team trained in EHA that this should increase. Discussions are also taking place with DA Board.
Children’s Social Care Dashboard
Average Referrals are 232 a month.
Number of referrals are going down, however the rate of re-referrals are staying the same. For referrals which are not accessed in social care, these could be signposted or passed to Early Help.
The group would like this and other dashboard information at the next meeting to also be displayed on a graph – with 2-3 years of information to allow for a good comparison; also showing how many contacts lead to Early Help Referral and a reason as to why cases are re-referred.
ACTION: James Weekes to take forward and ask a member of Performance and Intelligence team to present at March Meeting.
The main practitioners training will now be rolled out in April due to the Early Help Assessment go live date being postponed.
Positive feedback was received from teams already trained – Youth Offending Team who will lead on out of court disposals and Specialist Multi-Agency Response Team (Medway SMART)
Admin staff have also been trained on Early Help Team to develop a help desk so Lead Professionals do not have to wait for an Early Help Coordinator to respond to calls.
Guy asked for more venues if possible for the training being rolled out from April. Maximum of 20 people with a screen and projector for one venue, and a room with ICT facilities for the half day training – (preferably Medway Council Thin Client)
Step down Training is required to ensure families receive appropriate support. The procedure has been agreed by Children’s Social Care Management Team but numbers SC staff attending training since August has dropped from 100% to 68%. In order to increase this number the EH Trainer has highlighted the issue with appropriate managers. He has sent information sent includes hyper-links to allow their teams to sign up on iShare (on-line booking system). This has made the enrolment process as simple as possible. The EH Trainer is concerned that staff will not have the relevant skills to Step Down correctly. This results in the already very busy EHCs having to support on an individual basis.
ACTION: Paula Fewtrell (PF) offered Guy her school as a Venue, Jane Howard offered a venue – Guy to contact both for more information.
If anyone is able to help Guy with training venues – please contact him