Posted: Thursday 24th January 2019
Our children’s services are under increasing pressure and we are continually searching for new and innovative ways to deliver services to our communities to ensure we provide the best services we can with the funding we have available.
A radical overhaul of Hertfordshire’s child protection service has resulted in more families staying together and significant savings for the county council. For the first time in social care history, county-wide multi-disciplinary Family Safeguarding Teams have been realised. The Family Safeguarding project allows adult specialists and social workers to focus on direct, relationship-based therapeutic work. The aim is to transform the family life of children at the highest risk in the Hertfordshire community.
An evaluation report by University of Bedfordshire researchers showed that police domestic abuse call outs reduced by 66 per cent, A&E visits by 53 per cent and reduced the number of children on child protection plans by 50 per cent. The total number of care cases in court has also reduced by 37 per cent. Hertfordshire County Council is now supporting four other local authorities: Luton Borough Council, Peterborough City Council, Bracknell Forest Council and West Berkshire Council, to redesign their services and extend the evidence base of this revolutionary child protection model.