Children's services: working together to improve services
Supporting and integrating Children's Services is vital to us. Scroll down to see information and downloads about Information Sharing and Safeguarding.
This agenda challenges children’s services leaders and managers to build integrated teams that put the child and family at the heart of all that they do. Work with colleagues from other professional backgrounds to bring together a broad range of knowledge, skills, and working practices to develop successful integrated working.
Integrated working means everyone supporting children and young people works together effectively to put the child at the centre, meet their needs and improve their lives. These different services join forces with the aim of preventing problems for families from occurring in the first place. It is an effective way of supporting children and families with additional needs, and helping to secure real improvements in their life outcomes.
Strong and effective leadership is central to successful delivery of integrated services. The Common Core of Skills and Knowledge for the children’s workforce sets out the basic skills and knowledge needed by all people (including volunteers) whose work brings them into regular contact with children and young people helping individual practitioners deliver front line services.
It is important that practitioners understand why, when and how they should share information so that they can do so confidently and appropriately as part of their day-to-day practice.
The local information sharing protocol can be downloaded from the Luton Safeguarding Children Board Inter Agency Child Protection Procedures - Information Sharing Protocol.
Common Assessment Framework (CAF)
The CAF is a key part of delivering services that are integrated and focused around the needs of children, young people and their families. CAF assessment facilitates the process by which different agencies and organisations offering support to children, young people and their families can `join up’ to create a team around the family that works together with parents/carers and young people in a co-ordinated and timely way. Please visit the CAF webpage for more information.
A key objective for the LSCB is to promote the message that ‘Safeguarding Children is everybody’s responsibility’ and therefore this site is aimed at, not only professionals but children, young people and their families. Luton Safeguarding Children Board
Luton’s ‘Stronger Families’ programme will involve the Council working with the police, health, probation, youth offending, voluntary and community sector organisations to improve the lives of more than 500 families facing multiple problems and a high level of need. Please visit the Stronger Families webpage for more information.
Other documents are in the process of being updated and will be available soon.
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