REFERRAL, ASSESSMENT & INTERVENTIONS
The aim of the Referral and Assessment Service is to help children in need living with their families in the community to achieve good outcomes in their health, education and family relationships and to ensure they are appropriately safeguarded, by assessing need and planning and coordinating the care arrangements necessary to meet their needs as identified.
The Referral and Assessment service is to help children in need living with their families in the community to achieve good outcomes in their health, education and family relationships and to ensure they are appropriately safeguarded, by assessing need and planning and coordinating the care arrangements necessary to meet their needs as identified. The Referral and Assessment Service completes assessments referred in via MASH who are living in the London Borough of Sutton and who meet the threshold for support.
The Children’s Emergency Duty Team covers the four boroughs of Kingston, Sutton, Merton and Richmond. Each borough provides on-call manager cover for the hours that CEDT operates (5 p.m. to 9 a.m. and weekends and bank holidays).
The Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) considers and reviews all new contacts about children and young people. We do initial conversations with partners and assess the appropriate support or initial intervention required. If new contacts meet the threshold, cases are picked up by the Referral and Assessment (RAS) where a social worker will carry out full assessments with those children and young people.
FAMILY SUPPORT AND CARE PLANNING
The Child Protection Teams (Locality Teams) work within specific local areas to provide consistent social care support to children and young people who are living at home on a plan.
We take a restorative practice approach - working collaboratively and in partnership with children, young people, and families to develop action plans that address both the presenting concerns and the underlying difficulties. The teams work across the tiers of need and liaise with multi-agency partners.
We are committed to Family Group Conferences, robust assessments and SMART planning that support children and young people to achieve positive outcomes within their families and communities.
The purpose of the Court Team is to provide invaluable services to some of the boroughs most in-need children. They are a specialist team, which provides a service to children when a decision has been made to commence proceedings, undertaking all identified assessments and progress on plans as identified within the legal framework outlined in the Family Justice legal framework.
The Leaving Care Team works with young people between 16 and 24 years old who are or have been looked after by the local authority or are unaccompanied young asylum seekers who fall within the Hillingdon Judgement.
The Fostering Team provides placements for children who cannot live with their birth families. The core tasks are to recruit, assess and approve foster carers and to supervise and support them to enable carers to provide high quality care for our children
The Adoption and Permanence Team is responsible for the recruitment, training and assessment of prospective adopters, family finding for Sutton children who have a plan for adoption and for the assessment and provision of adoption support needs and services for those affected by adoption. The Team also assesses Regulation 24 foster carers (connected persons) and provides special guardianship assessments to the court. The team benefits from the work of two designated post adoption and post special guardianship support workers.
The Looked After Children (LAC) Team works with children and young people whose long-term or permanent plan is to be looked after by the Local Authority for the duration of their childhood. As appropriate, children are moved into adoption or become subject of special guardianship or residence orders.
The team is responsible for ensuring that all looked after children are visited, consulted and have robust care plans.
Care plans cover their education, health, emotional health to ensure positive outcomes for the short, medium and future.
PRACTICE AND QUALITY
The Safeguarding and Reviewing Service is responsible for the child protection conferences, independent reviewing for looked after children, annual reviews of foster carers and managing safeguarding allegations against staff. The service works in partnership with frontline social work teams in order to promote better outcomes and reduce risk for some of our most vulnerable children.
The role of the Sutton Local Safeguarding Children Board is to safeguard and promote the well-being of children and young people. We do this by promoting and assuring ourselves that there is effective partnership working to keep children safe in Sutton. Key areas of responsibility include undertaking learning reviews and serious case reviews when appropriate, delivering a multi agency training programme and developing multi agency policy, procedures and protocols. http://www.suttonlscb.org.uk
Learning and Development lead on the workforce strategy and develop training programmes for social workers (covering children and adult services) and foster carers.
The Principal Social Worker is responsible for providing strategic leadership for social work across the People Directorate (covering children and adult services) and oversees the development of social workers including students and newly-qualified social workers completing the Assisted and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE).
Category Management provides a commissioning service and works in partnership with social workers, multi-agency partners and the children and families we work with. Commissioning services based on need to improve outcomes for children and young people in the areas such as CAMHS, disability and advocacy.
The Youth Offending Team is comprised of staff from Social Services, Police, Probation, Education, Health and Drug Services. This team is a law enforcement agency and part of the criminal justice system. It also works with young people at early stages of offending, or who may be at risk of offending or anti-social behaviour.