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Graded care profile

The Graded Care Profile (GCP) is an assessment tool which can be used to assist in the assessment of neglect. The Graded Care Profile assessment is available on EHM and can be started and completed on EHM as a separate assessment where neglect is identified as a possible concern.  It can also be started during an open episode of FFA on EHM, where the need to complete a GCP is identified as part of the work with the family.  Full details of how to initiate a GCP on EHM is available in the Early Help Module – How to Guides

The tool will identify strengths and difficulties across a number of child development areas. It is likely to be triggered by concerns about the care the child is receiving. Whilst it may be focused on assessing difficulties, the GCP also identifies strengths. Focusing on strengths assists the assessor to appreciate the potential that exists within the family for change and improvement. This potential will inform decisions about possible support or interventions to meet areas of need.

There are four areas the GCP scores and they are:

  • Health – how healthy is the child?
  • Safety – how is the child kept safe at home and when outside?
  • Responsiveness – how does the parent talk to the child?
  • Esteem – how does the parent make the child feel good about themselves

The changes that need to be made will then usually be put into an action plan.

Families First Young Carers Registration

In Hertfordshire, all identified young carers are offered a Families First Assessment as part of our statutory duty to identify and support young carers in the county. In addition to the Families First Assessment (FFA), we have introduced a young carer registration for a child/young person under 18 who is identified as a young carer, or is thought to be a young carer in the county, to ensure we are meeting our statutory duty to identify young carers in the county. The aim of registration is to:

  • Identify if a child or young person is a young carer;
  • Prevent young carers from providing excessive or inappropriate care;
  • Provide advice and support young carers and their family to access early help;
  • Monitor and review the needs of young carers, and ensure their caring role is not impacting negatively on them;
  • Have a better understanding of the type of care young carers are providing, and who they are providing care for.

A young carer registration will be offered to all children/young people identified as a young carer in the county, in addition to a Families First Assessment (FFA) and can only be completed with the family consent (or where applicable using Frazer competent). A young carer registration can be completed at any time for a young carer, separately, or as part of a Families First Assessment.

A young carer registration form is available on EHM system. Guidance has been developed for practitioners to help with young carer registration. Both Young Carer Registration guidance and registration form are available

For further advice and support with completing a young carer registration form, contact your Local Senior Families First Co-ordinator or Families First Co-ordinator

Families First Short Term Work on Early Help Module (EHM) System

The short-term work on EHM can be used by any practitioners who are completing a specific piece of work, such as a six weeks parenting programme; an anger management course; or one to one individual work with a child, such as play therapy for example etc.

The short-term work tool on EHM does require an open registered Families First episode but does not require a Families First Assessment (FFA) to be completed (although the FFA will be activated at registration, it will not need to be completed – see Early Help Module (EHM) – How to Guides for further details). The short-term work tool is designed to be used for a ‘short-term’ piece of work with a child or family, so the work should be time limited (average 6 – 8 weeks), and would not require a Team Around the Family (TAF) or a review meeting. It can be used for single agency support.

If an episode is open for short-term work only, the practitioner will be required to close the episode fully after short-term work is completed.

Children’s Centres workflow (Pilot) on Early Help Module (EHM)

The Children’s Centre workflow is being piloted in Broxbourne East and Broxbourne West Children’s Centre Group from 18 December 2017. This is for Children’s Centres to record work they are undertaking with a family, where there is no need for a Families First Assessment (FFA), i.e. single agency work or pre-assessment work. This is carried outside an episode.

The workflow does not pull through to an FFA, if one is started subsequently.  If it is identified during the Children’s Centre workflow with the family that a FFA is required for the family, the family will be progressed to an FFA episode but a separate family registration form will need to be completed for FFA episode to be initiated.

It is expected that Children’s Centre workflow will be rolled out to all Children’s Centres if the pilot is successful.

Outcomes Star

How does Outcomes Star work?
Outcomes Star is a collaborative, strengths-based tool which allows practitioners and service users (adults, young people and children) to identify where the service user is on the Journey of Change.

The service user is asked to consider where they want to get to, and together actions are agreed that can bring about onward progression.
Practitioners must undertake a one-day Outcomes Star training session and require a licence (which is purchased from the provider – Triangle in order to gain access to the Star tools and to use it. Outcomes Star is used by some Families First partners. Each team uses the Star(s) most appropriate to their service. Outcomes Star is currently used by Intensive Family Support teams, Children’s Centres and Local Schools Partnerships in their work with children and families. The Outcomes Star tool is not available on EHM.

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