Children's and Families Trust

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


Council Activity Report

Please find attached a link to the Council activity report which you may find of interest:

Corporate Parenting Panel Report 

Please find attached the Corporate Parenting Panel Annual Report, which was agreed by the Corporate Parenting Panel at its meeting today.

Many thanks, Jayne Jayne Watson Senior Partnership Officer Transformation and Partnerships Durham County Council Room 5-140/150 County Hall 03000 268 371

Restructure proposals for Durham County Council Children’s Social Care services

I would like to inform you about proposals to make important changes to Children and Young People’s Services. Consultation with staff and Trade Unions on proposals to restructure a number of key services for children and families in County Durham is currently underway. These services are:

The One Point Service, including Children’s Centres

Families First Teams

Child Protection Teams

These proposals are designed to build on our learning over the last few years about effective approaches, which will be embedded through these proposals and to respond to recommendations from the Ofsted inspection of children in need of help and protection in 2016. The proposals are also designed to respond to pressures currently faced by the service, particularly in relation to demand from children and young people who need protection including those who need to be looked after. In particular, the proposals are intended to:

Strengthen statutory and regulatory compliance
Ensure children and young people are at the heart of our service and that their experience drives our improvement
Build community resilience and partnership
Drive improvements in practice quality
Improve permanence planning for children
Provide more effective support for families with complex needs and to manage risk
Deliver manageable caseloads for practitioners.
If agreed, the proposals will result in the following main changes to service:

The 11 Families First teams and 3 Child Protection teams will merge into 14 Families First teams with responsibility for all statutory level 4 work to the point of a permanence decision for Looked After Children;
A new “Edge of Care” service will be created to support young people at risk of becoming looked after;
A new Pre Birth team will be created to support pregnant women whose ability to provide care for their babies is subject to assessment;
The One Point service will be responsible for all level 3 cases worked via 7 Family Support teams;
Early help for families will be available via 15 0-19 Family Hubs, which replace Children’s Centres.
Community alliances will be developed to support coordinated action with voluntary and community sector providers and other partners.

The Council is required to reduce its spending by a further £60 million by 2020, in addition to the £186 million delivered since 2011. These proposals will deliver a saving of £2 million.

The formal consultation period with affected staff runs until December 6th. Implementation of the new arrangements is planned from the first week in February.

The proposals do not affect the Looked After Children and Leaving Care service, Children’s Services Reform and the Youth Offending Service, although some of these are affected by separate proposals.

For Information - Children's Services Update 

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
Tel: 03000 265141
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Supporting Vulnerable Families 

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.