Family safeguarding model

A grant of £11.6 million in total has been awarded to Bracknell Forest Council jointly with four other local authorities; Hertfordshire County Council, Luton Borough Council, Peterborough City Council, and West Berkshire Council from the Department for Education’s (DfE) Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme..

The Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme supports the development, testing and sharing of effective ways to support children who need help from children’s social care services. In each local authority, the funding will be used to implement Hertfordshire County Council’s successful Family Safeguarding model, which achieved a 49 per cent reduction in the number of children with child protection plans.

The funding will broaden the range of professionals available to provide a holistic, family-centred approach to social care. Adult and children’s social care teams will work together to deliver the right support for a family more quickly, therefore possibly reducing the need for more serious interventions.

A full evaluation report on the Hertfordshire model is expected in coming weeks. At an event held in December to celebrate the project’s progress, Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker said the report would evidence 'incredible outcomes' and praised the 'herculean effort' of staff involved and said the impact of their work would 'ricochet around' the social care system in England.