News, Information & Local Training Events
Children’s Services: Have a database change going on transferring from CareFirst to Liquid Logic which is having significant teething problems, please bear with them. They are having some focus on making sure cases are sitting in the right place, so there will be some stepping up or stepping down as need be – if anyone has concerns about these decisions being made they are to make contact with their social worker and work your way up the management if you receive no response. There were 4 FIT teams but there are now 3 due to one of those teams taking on all of the court work and focusing on this but they will all be working on preventative work. From the assessment team point of view – they have lost a number of their postcodes and as a result of that have seen a 30% drop in the assessments which means they are able to provide more thorough assessments. Norwich Social Work Team now have a permanent Senior Management Team in place – Sara Tough, Phil Watson, Andy Goff, Chris Snudden, Sarah Jones & James Wilson.
Early Help: They are also transitioning to Liquid Logic also but still using an old system called DORRIS, currently have about 12 step down cases to complete over the next week or so and there has been an increase in cases step down to Early Help. Nearly at full capacity so far however they will have 2 new starters due in June.
The Clare School: Cluster Safeguarding is 3 years old this half term, led by the people who come to the group, having speakers such as Police, a Doctor regarding suicide. Sue Ashby-Croft is hoping this will be carried forward as she will be retiring in the very near future.
Action for Children CFM Children’s Centre: Children’s centres coming up for re-commissioning this year, waiting for the County Council to give the go ahead, and our service specification has changed slightly and now work with children 0-5yrs only. Kelly Rix is leaving to go on maternity leave, Emma Broom will be manager of all of those 3 children centre areas.
Home Start: They have had 2 restructures over the last year due to loss of funding, the difference is the service is only now able to offer 6 months of support instead of a year and a lot is now down to when the referral comes in and finding out if they actually fit the funding pot. No longer able to take families when they are a high-level risk, can work with families that are on a FSP but no higher. This is looked at as a case by case basis where relevant.
Norwich City Council: They have received a resignation from a team leader and will be recruiting for that role soon. They have just recruited to the states team manager team leader – by secondment. Customer contact centre has closed down for refurbishment for the next 2-3 months, and they will be working from a porta cabin which may cause some issues over next few months.
The Matthew Project: Launched the Unity transitional project for 19-24yr olds, CGL provide a service but Matthew project are more of an outreach project.
NSFT Compass: Andy Goff left to work for NCC and Rob Mack has now stepped up into that role.
YMCA Norfolk: Started a new team called Rapid Response which is commissioned by Children’s Services for quick responses for families/children in crisis. They are about to commission a service for Leaving Care, semi-independent accommodation in Yarmouth and are also part of the Pathways Service tackling young people rough sleeping in Norwich.
Norfolk Constabulary: Police have now lost the PCSO’s, however, have now recruited 3 new staff for schools with 3 more to come in September and there may also may be some scope to look at support for Short Stay schools. Looking for 3 PC’s for County Lines – offering training across all sorts of different schools/colleges and what to look for – if anybody thinks their agency may find this of use please contact Garry Hoadley.
National Probation Service: Currently working with Sharon Moore, NSCB Workforce Development Officer, organising some neglect training.
Norfolk YOT: County Lines, Child Criminal Exploitation Team is now up and running in the YOT, the contact for this team is Carla Hamilton. YOT are about to advertise for 2 Youth workers who can work with young people who are not on statutory service if there are serious County Lines concerns. Email address is: CCE-YOT@norfolk.gcsx.gov.uk for contact regarding concerns. The Harmful Sexual Behaviour Team is still running.
Here are some of the agency updates from LSCG Members as to what is happening in the Norwich LSCG area:
Change to South/City LSCG Boundaries
Click here to read about the changes to the South LSCG boundaries.
FSP Core Training in Localities:
Click here to see more information about this training including dates and how to book.
Make Our Rights Reality training programme for 15-25 year olds: Click here to see more information about this training.
October 2016 – Early Help Monthly Bulletin – Click here to see the latest Early Help Monthly Bulletin for October 2016.
June 2016 – Click here to see the presentation given at the Norwich Threshold Workshops on the Norwich Early Help Hub Update.
Are you looking for information on services in Norwich? Have you tried the Norfolk Directory, if you can’t find what you’re looking for then the team of dedicated Community Capacity & Partnership Officers may be able to help, who have a wealth of information and knowledge of services and organisations in the local area. The Community Capacity Coordinators for Norwich are Jade Martin & Liz Fredericks – they hold an up to date directory of services and can signpost professionals in the right direction.
The Community Capacity Co-ordinators for the Norwich area are:
Jade Martin – 07557 287626 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Fredericks – 07796 948435 – email@example.com