1 Permanence And Care Excellence PACE Belinda Robertson Scottish Government PACE Programme Lead
2 Overall aims Best place in the world for children to grow up Narrowing outcome gaps Changing what we do to reflect needs of the child Getting It Right For Looked After Children And Young People Strategy Programme for Government
3 Early Intervention and Early Permanence
4 Our vision for permanence is that every child has a stable home which offers them nurturing relationships. Families should be supported to provide that home wherever possible. Where a child cannot remain with their family they should achieve a permanent home as quickly as possible with the minimum number of placements, taking account their individual needs and views.
5 Focus on the four routes to permanence for every child Return/remain at home with/after support - includes settled informal kinship arrangements Section 11(PRR/Residence) à Kinship Care Order Permanence Order when long term corporate parenting needed Kinship - Foster Residential Adoption
6 Supporting activities Getting It Right For Looked After Children And Young People Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 Realigning Children s Services/ PACE Contact guidance Children s Hearings Improvement Partnership (CHIP) But also CPIP/Historic abuse inquiry/review of Care System
7 Permanence data set Child becomes looked after LAC review (or equivalent) recommends permanence away from home ADM approves decision of Adoption/fostering permanence panel Application lodged in court Final order
9 The PACE Approach Delivered in partnership SG and CELCIS Whole system approach across CPP Where the work happens Currently ten areas Lots of stretch aims Multiple tests of change
11 Key Themes Leadership and culture Decision making Staff confidence Learning and development Contact Report writing Assessment and recommendations Multi agency working Relationships Process is centre of process!
12 Model For Improvement Scope out the problem... Think big... Test small... Test regularly... Analyse data... Make informed interventions... Scale up...
13 How will we know if we are successful? More children sustainably cared for by families Fewer children on long term supervision Reduction in drift and delay Increasing permanence statistics Improving attainment Improved outcomes
14 PACE: Our Journey
15 Before we began Early 2014 Looks like a lot of work. How do we know it will be worth it? It won t work here! It s a great opportunity! Another improvement project! Can t we just have time to do our jobs! Aberdeen City are part of the pilot Should we do it? Thought our practice was pretty good? Could we do it? On top of everything else we are trying to do? Why now? Couldn t it wait? We could make a real difference Why not?
16 How did we get the project off the ground? We won the hearts and minds of the right people
17 December Progress Multi-agency sign off from Heads of Services and Managers in Health and Children s Hearings Nominated Permanence Leads to take the work forward Scheduled fortnightly meetings to develop the work, share learning and support each other in what we were trying to do 2 day PACE Stakeholder event & PACE Leads Workshop
19 Aberdeenshire s Vision for Permanence is.. each child living in a stable,safe, secure and happy home, where they know they will stay until they are independent and where they know they can make lifelong connections. Aberdeenshire s aims: 90% of children accommodated before their 12 th birthday will have a permanence plan within 9months by the end of January All children under 12 with PO/POA plan will be presented to the panel within 12 weeks of the plan being agreed. To reduce the time taken from the Permanence panel ratifying recommendation to placing final order.
20 Baseline data
21 90% of children accommodated before their 12 birthday will have a permanence plan within 9 months by the end of January 2016(milestone s may also be required)* PACE Aim 1 : To reduce the time taken from child being accommodated to the options appraisal meeting (OAM) Aim Primary Drivers Secondary Drivers Specific change ideas Vision each child lives in a stable, safe, secure and happy home, where they know they will stay until independent and where they can make lifelong connections. * Clock starts when child accommodated and stops when a Permanence Plan is agreed at the Options Appraisal (OA). System wide culture that puts the child at the centre Assessment and timely decision making People Clear child history (multi agency) Clear measurable MAPM plans- ID of type of assessment Tracking/monitoring process of children s journeys including early identification of entry into the system Early planning (timescales) which is communicated to parents Workload management Streamline reports and reduce duplication (BAAF, CAPR, parallel working) Partners communicate, share urgency, and understand roles and responsibilities Robust, evidence based assessment Confident/competent workforce who support new or inexperienced staff Continuity of workers and decision makers Staff Development (especially for less experienced staff) In development for test Written contracts with timescales for parents to include early identification of kinship carers Provide early legal advice triggered by LACR previous to Op App review e.g. 12 week LAC review Schedule 3 month review for 6 weeks after 6 week LAC Early warning scorecard/template (e.g older children, children with disabilities Permanence memo to be sent to LAC nurse after 3 month review with estimated date of Permanence Panel. Tick box could indicate need for medical to b organised. Child and Young person s Assessment as the document that includes all relevant information and replaces a Form E. Supervision template (team managers making children visible) Information passed to reporter pre-birth for grounds to prepared at birth and hearing within 2-3 weeks Hold review plan meetings between LACR s To be developed Quarterly monitoring stats 7 teams (note maybe want to think about the word monitoring is it about sharing info?) Carefirst timescale flags Educational psychologist contribute to assessment No SW change at OA or 12 weeks Training 1 CFC team updates on Permanence drop in sessions Mentoring consultation with internal expert on permanence Family meeting held by 6 week review Standard milestones, timescales and planning template/checklist for SWs and multi agency
22 TESTS! Ø Parenting assessment contract -tool to enable the recording and informing of expectations around parental capacity assessment and timescales for decision making. Clarity for worker, the multi-agency team and the family about what is expected and by when. Ø Booking in system for legal advice to avoid dead time, up to 5 weeks prior to OALACR, legal opinion can be booked with the legal team for a return within 7 days. IMPLEMENTED Ø Early Alert to Reporter- an early alert can be made to the Reporter pre-birth following the pre-birth CPCC. The alert should be made by the C&FT SW within two days and be accompanied by all reports submitted to the CPCC (including Police reports). IMPLEMENTED
23 Ø Streamlined reports - Child& Young Person s Plan to replace numerous assessment documents for options appraisal LACR. Enables practitioners to use the C&YP Assessment Report to collate all the information required for permanence planning and to avoid unnecessary duplication and production of several reports. Ø Supervision templates to include all LAC to maintain focus on progressing plans and enable any potential drift/delay to be identified and addressed quickly IMPLEMENTED Ø Tracking and monitoring spreadsheet - shared monthly for use in supervisions
24 The difference we have made!
26 The journey continues Tests ongoing around using health and education to actively input into contact assessment Contact surveys data gathering and analyses Training planned to support/upskill staff in making robust contact recommendations Development of change ideas around training/mentoring and education transitions; Further engagement events and workshops to keep momentum going Test on use of MAAPMs between reviews-almost ready to implement And so much more.
27 PACE: Our journey P permanence, people, partnerships, passion And C care, children, commitment, communication E excellence, energy, excitement
28 DATA is our friend
29 Thank you Elexes McAlpine, Social Work Manager aberdeenshire.gov.uk