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Allocation of Work and Transfer between Teams

Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Front Door - Childrens Access Point (CAP)
  3. Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
  4. Transfer from Children's Social Work Services to Early Help
  5. Darlington Allocation Meeting (DAM)
  6. Universal Services Only
  7. Informing the Family in Writing


1. Introduction

Early help and specialist Services will meet the needs of the majority of children and families in Darlington. It is an expectation that where families require support that is above a universal level, their needs will be identified and met via a Childrens Assessment Framework (CAF) and Team around the Family plan.

When it is deemed that the CAF is not working and the needs are not being met despite an Early Help Plan being in place, the case can be referred via any agency to Childrens Access point.


2. Front Door - Childrens Access Point (CAP)

Children’s Access Point ( CAP) provides a dedicated single point of access on a single referral form with advice and support available to referrers.

Outcomes of the contact to CAP include:

  • Advice, support and signposting to alternative services  is provided to the practitioner and no referral accepted;
  • An Early Help Assessment and Plan is needed CAF). The CAP team will advise.
  • A Child and Family Single Assessment is considered; or
  • An immediate emergency response is required referral to Childrens MASH.


3. Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

If a concern is screened in CAP as requiring an urgent response due to significant harm issues the MASH will convene either a multi-agency meeting or a strategy meeting to share information and identify the level of concern and subsequent safeguarding actions required if any e.g. to initiate a Child Protection Investigation.

Outcomes of the contact to MASH include:

  • Multi Agency Meeting or Strategy to be held;
  • Child Protection investigation to be completed;
  • Single Assessment required, this would mean case discussion at DAM and case transfer to one of the 4 locality teams;
  • No risks identified and No further Action required;
  • Early Help is required via CAF;
  • Advice, support and signposting to alternative services  is provided and no further action required.


4. Transfer from Children’s Social Work Services to Early Help

Transfer from Children’s Social Work Service takes place either as an outcome of the Child and Family Assessment or following social work involvement because the needs have been met and / or the risks to the child have decreased.

The child’s needs may now be able to be met through a multi-agency CAF  Plan by a Team around the Child (TAC) / Team Around the Family (TAF) with a Lead Practitioner or through a single agency response or through universal services only.


5. Darlington Allocation Meeting (DAM)

All cases that come via CAP or MASH where it has been identified that a service is required are discussed at Darlington Allocation Meetings (DAM). This is a multi-agency decision making forum. Its members include workers from early help services including health professionals and staff from the Social work teams. The purpose of the meeting is to ensure that the cases are allocated to the most appropriate service in a timely fashion. A record is kept of all decisions and allocations made.


6. Universal Services Only

If the decision is that the child’s needs can be met in universal services and there is no need for an Early Help Plan or response, this must be clearly communicated to those agencies currently involved with the child and family.


7. Informing the Family in Writing

The social worker should confirm what is happening in writing to the family and to the relevant agencies.

End