Local Collaborative Partnerships – the model“Most children & young people in Wiltshire are in good health, achieve well and make a positive contribution. But we want them to do even better.” (Wiltshire Children and Young People’s Plan 2008-11)
What are Local Collaborative Partnerships for?
Local Collaborative Partnerships are the local element of the Wiltshire Children & Young People’s Trust. Their purpose is to help improve outcomes for children & young people, in particular those with additional needs at level 2 . Their success will be measured by their contribution to good outcomes for children & young people locally.
Who are the partners?
All who deliver services for children & young people in the locality are partners - children’s centres, early years settings, early years & childcare team, community health services (health visitors and school nurses), schools (both primary and secondary), local targeted services (see below), school improvement services, social care, police and other statutory and voluntary organisations – and also children & young people themselves.
How will they work?
Local strategic development groups(coterminous with Wiltshire Council’s new Area Boards) bringing together representatives of the partners to:
• identify what most needs to be done to improve outcomes for local children & young people
• collate information about local services and improve how services work together
• jointly commission/re-shape some local services
• monitor arrangements for responding to the needs of individual vulnerable children & young people (through “Team around the child” meetings - see next).
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“Team around the child” (CAF) meetings- bringing together people concerned with a particular child or young person to make sure that they are working together to give the best help they can - using the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) to find out what help is needed and to agree an action plan. (These meetings might include a health visitor, children’s centre worker, teacher, teaching assistant, school nurse, or others who provide help.)
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Local Targeted Services for Children & Young People– providing access for schools, early years settings and other universal providers to a range of advice, support and services to help meet the needs of children & young people requiring additional help. Services accessed in this way(using the CAF assessment) will include: Educational Psychology, Education Welfare, Behaviour Support, “Healthy Minds”,Connexions, Speech & Language Therapy and Young People Support Service.
What are the mechanics of Local Collaborative Partnerships?
(a) Local strategic development group
The key elements of local strategic development meetings will be:
Membership: A small but representative group, probably consisting of:
• two primary heads
• a secondary head
• special school head [in relevant areas]
• a primary school governor
• a secondary school governor
• a social care team manager
• a rep of early years/children’s centre
• a rep of community child health services
• a rep of the police
• a rep of local voluntary organisations
• a rep of children & young people – linked to local representative arrangements for children & young people (see below)
• a rep of army welfare [in relevant areas]
• a rep of the local Area Board (could be one of above)
• a rep of Children & Young People’s Trust Board (could be one of above)
• a rep of the Department for Children & Education (member of ELT)
Others would be invited to attend when specific issues are being discussed and annually there might be a consultative event open to all partners.
Chairing: Chair to be selected from amongst the membership
Support: A local partnership coordinator (usually the local extended services network coordinator) acting in a facilitating role: administration of meetings; collation of information; implementing or progress-chasing actions; .
Frequency of meeting: Probably once a term (6 times a year) during the development phase
• coordinating a needs assessment in order to identify priorities for the area and targeted improvements: this will require the involvement of the wider range of partners - the “turning the curve” methodology is recommended for this purpose.
• overseeing the collation of information about available services and promoting mutual understanding of what services offer: this will require the involvement of the wider range of partners- using the Pathways Services Database and “Find it” directories and possibly the “Getting to know you” (“speed-dating”) methodology.
• commissioning some services and workforce development on an interagency basis, using local and devolved funding - applying the Trust Commissioning Strategy Framework , with support from the Trust Commissioning Support Team
• communicating about needs, priorities and developments with local partners and with (a) the local Area Board; (b) the Children & Young People’s Trust Board - (a) via representation of the Area Board on the Group (and vice versa); (b) via the Trust Board rep
• giving children & young people voice and influence in the group’s decision-making - by supporting local representative arrangments for children & young people
• monitoring the functioning of (a) arrangements for identifying vulnerable children & young people and (b) local “Team around the child” meetings (see below) and encouraging effective representation on them. - by receiving reports from the “team around the child” coordinator and raising concerns with partners.
• evaluating progress in achieving targeted improvements in outcomes for children & young people. - using a standard “Score Card”
Involving service users
All Local Collaborative Partnerships will need to find ways of engaging with children & young people and their families. In the case of young people this could be via the Community Area Young People’s Issues Groups (CAYPIGs) which have been established in each community area. In the case of younger children, representative arrangments might be via local children’s “parliaments” or via networks of primary school councils.
(b) “Team around the child” (CAF) meetings
The key elements of “team around the child” meetings will be:
Attendees: Practitioners who are involved in providing services to the child, young person or their family.
The parents and young person (or child - if appropriate).
Others with the agreement of the parents/young person.
Chairing: The initial meeting may be chaired by the local CAF coordinator.
Review meetings will be chaired by the identified Lead Professional.
Support: A local CAF coordinator (covering a number of Local Collaborative Partnerships) will provide support in setting up meetings, may chair the initial meeting and will be available to advise the Lead Professional (as well as those undertaking a CAF assessment).
Frequency of meeting: As and when required in order to complete a CAF assessment/action plan and identify a Lead Professional, but it is proposed that in each area there is a recognised half-day (per week, fortnight or month depending on level of activity) reserved for these meetings to take place – to support availability of practitioners.
• bringing together the information required to complete an assessment of the child or young person using the Common Assessment Framework - appropriate sharing of information and completion of the CAF form.
• agreeing an action plan and the contributions of partners to implementing it - completion of the action plan element of the CAF assessment.
• identifying a Lead Professional, if required - identifying one worker to take the lead in coordinating the CAF action plan
• identifying gaps in required services - for reporting to the “Local strategic development group” - and using the Pathways “reporting gaps” facility.
How is the county divided up into Local Collaborative Partnerships?
There will be 18 Local Collaborative Partnerships based on the community areas of Wiltshire and mirroring arrangements for Area Boards, to which they will link:
Bradford on Avon
Mere, Tisbury & Wilton
Click here to view a map.
Click here to see a list of the parishes within each area.
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