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Below you will find information specific to our Children’s and Families Trust within Co Durham. 


Children’s Services Referral Form – Briefing Sessions **Current**

The Children’s Services Referral Form has been totally revamped; this includes re-aligning the order of information needed and to reduce the amount of paperwork you are required to complete as part of the initial referral. Links to key documents such as the 0-19 Level of Need threshold document are now embedded into the referral form to make it much easier for you to use.

Why the change is needed? We have consulted widely with a full range or partner agencies and listened to all the feedback you have given us to improve the quality of the new referral form. This is to ensure that families get the right help at the right time and to provide help and support at the earliest opportunity. 

The new referral form will improve the quality of information submitted to First Contact. It will identify the initial level of need and will, in the future, have the capability to be completed on-line and is Liquid Logic compatible. 

From October the new Children’s Services Referral Form will be available to download from the LSCB Website. During October to December 2017 First Contact will accept both old and new referral forms. Only the new referral form will be accepted from 2018.

The LSCB are holding briefing sessions to update staff on the new Children’s Services Referral Form launching in October 2017. Attached is the Children Services Referral Form Briefing Oct 2017 flyer. We have consulted widely with a full range or partner agencies and listened to all the feedback to improve the quality of the new referral form. This is to ensure that families get the right help at the right time and to provide help and support at the earliest opportunity. 

To book a place please use this link below. The briefing sessions are now up on the website to book. http://www.durham-lscb.org.uk/whats-new/ and the direct link is http://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CSRF-NS-17

For Information - Children's Services Update **Current**

Please find a LINK to the latest Children Services Update Report, which was agreed by Durham County Council’s Cabinet on 18th January 2017. 
 
Kind Regards
 
Liam Gregson
Partnership Assistant
Policy, Planning, and Partnerships
Planning and Service Strategy
Durham County Council
County Hall
Durham
DH1 5UL
Tel: 03000 265141
Email:
 liam.gregson@durham.gov.uk

Supporting Vulnerable Families **Current**

NCB has published a blog and a book A Practical Guide to Early Intervention and Family Support: Assessing Needs and Building Resilience in Families Affected by Parental Mental Health or Substance Misuse. This third edition of the handbook for practitioners on early intervention and effective ways to support vulnerable families looks at a number of the challenges practitioners face and presents strategies for overcoming the common obstacles.

Reduction of NEETs **Current**

Almost 100,000 fewer 16- to 24-year-olds are classified as not in education, employment or training (NEET) compared to the same period last year.

Losing in the long run **Current**

Losing in the Long Run calls for a renewed commitment from Government to vital early intervention services that support children, young people, and families. It shows that although local councillors believe in the value of early intervention services, they are concerned that maintaining spending on services, like children's centres, will get more challenging. The report looks at the downward trend in funding from central government and spending locally since 2010, and highlights a number of case studies showing how crucial these