North East Lincolnshire has seen a rise in the number of children identified as being ‘in need’, with a significant rise in the number of looked after children and child protection plans in recent years. A high proportion of these cases were repeat referral cases and this has put substantial strain on services in the region.
The innovation brought together four established tools within social work and community practice: outcomes based accountability, restorative practices, Signs of Safety and Family Group Conferencing. This shift enabled practitioners to accurately identify risk and focus practice on conflict resolution at the earliest stage. Furthermore, it ensured there was mediated support for families and children, with a focus on outcomes, rather than processes, at the centre of support.
Within North East Lincolnshire, further innovation funding will be used to utilise the ‘Creating Stronger Communities’ approach to help improve the outcomes for children as they transition from care within Children’s Homes.