From September to December 2018, we worked on a joint discovery with partners to better understand the need for improved information about a child's family to support social work decision making. We identified a clear need for a faster and more efficient way to find out which services a family is supported by, enabling social workers to accurately assess risks and more effectively co-ordinate support for the family.
The purpose of our project is summarised in our purpose statement:
“To more effectively harness the power of our data, enabling front
line workers to identify the services that are working with vulnerable children
and their families, better understand the family, family relationships and
risks, and ultimately enable more effective coordination of support to ensure
children are safeguarded appropriately”
We're doing this because:
Safeguarding and supporting vulnerable children is a key statutory duty of Local Authorities
Every day, Local Authorities make decisions on the most vulnerable children, decisions that can have a massive impact on their lives.
The correct decision will help to protect the children from harm and help ensure the families get the right support.
The wrong decision may mean the wrong support and potentially puts the child at risk
Budget cuts alongside an increase in demand means we need to make the right decision first time, reducing the likelihood of costly escalation
Local Authorities cannot afford to provide inappropriate support.
Our aims are to:
Provide greater awareness of which services are involved with
children and their families to improve decision making and drive better
outcomes e.g. avoiding unnecessary escalation
Reduce ad-hoc, and sometimes inappropriate, information
Reduce intensive manual data sharing processes
Enable collaboration between Local Authorities, by designing
solutions to work for multiple authorities
Work in an agile manner, sharing progress in the open