Child Welfare

Child Welfare Programmes

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Brighton & Hove Daybreak Programme

Daybreak in Brighton & Hove is managed by Alex Baldwin our programme manager. The programme has been running since September 2003, funded by the Brighton & Hove Children & Young People’s Trust.

  • Enable families to make their own plans to help keep everyone safe.
  • Promote reunification of existing looked after children with their families.
  • Provide a FGC for a child or young person who is at risk of becoming looked after by the Local Authority.
  • To divert children from the court process where possible in accordance with the Public Law outline.

The Brighton & Hove Daybreak project places a big emphasis on the children and young people having their views heard at the meeting that is planning for them. Children having an FGC in Brighton & Hove have the option of having an independent advocate and about 70% of children over five choose this option, other children presented their views themselves or with the support of family friends or known professionals.

In 2007  Daybreak commissioned independent research about the impact of advocacy on all participants experience of the FGC process and on outcomes. Copies of the research document “Under the Table or at the Table” are available directly from Daybreak.

Some of the project’s outcomes include:

FGCs have supported families and professionals in tackling both “major” issues such as where children should live, how they can be safe, basic issues of physical care, and more “general” issues that greatly affect children’s emotional well being such as good contact with family members and the detail of how family time and care is organised.

The project continues to receive a high number of referrals for unborn babies and are able make plans for these children to remain safely within their families.

In the last year for which data is available, children referred because of a request for LA accommodation remained within their immediate or extended family while 95% of children already in local authority care had plans to return to live with the immediate or extended family.

“Everyone presented their thoughts and was given every opportunity to be heard.” – A relative.

“My views were included a lot, because the plan includes my worries which were drinking, arguments, housing, patience, money and writing.” – A child.

Brighton & Hove Programme takes referrals from any statutory or voluntary agency for children in the city.

Brighton & Hove: Programme Manager, Katrina Blatchford – 07764 970276 – Email – katrinablatchford@daybreakfgc.org.uk

 

The London Borough of Southwark Daybreak Programme

This programme is run by the programme manager Stephanie Bogosian and senior practitioner, Angela Copeland. The programme has been running since July 2013 and will run through June 2016. The programme accepts referrals from social care based on three main priorities:

  • Children on the Edge of Care where the Pre Proceedings framework is applied and where support is required from members of the extended family and kinship network or when substitute parenting is needed.
  • Children subject to Child Protection Plans where alternative care arrangements may be required or additional support is needed from members of the family and kinship network.
  • Children subject to care proceedings and/or where a child has been looked after for a period of time and a return to their family needs to be explored.

Southwark are committed to FGC’s and in addition to the established contract, are also  working in Partnership with Daybreak on the Innovations Fund, which offers and FGC to every family in pre-proceedings.

We are proud to offer a coordinator team that speak 13 different languages, which reflects the diversity in London.

Social worker’s in Southwark said:

“There was open communication between family members, drawing on their strengths.”

“The FGC enabled the family to take ownership of the issues, providing them a voice and respecting their creativity”

“The family were able to open the lines of communication and come up with a solid plan”

Family members said:

“I feel it was useful for the child, it was very good to sit in a room and talk”

“The coordinator explained things to us very clearly, and ensured that we understood everything that was said. We were given enough time to ask and answer questions”

London Borough of Southwark Programme takes referrals from Children’s Services.

Southwark programme: Programme Manager, Stephanie Bogosian – 07969656897 – Email – stephaniebogosian@daybreakfgc.org.uk

 

The London Borough of Lambeth Daybreak Programme

Daybreak has been working in Lambeth since June 2014.  The programme is run by Stephanie Bogosian and supported by senior practitioner Angela Copeland and is commissioned by Lambeth Children’s Services.   The objectives of the programme are :

  • Where children are on CP plans, to enable the family to make a plan to keep the children safe
  • Where children are at risk of becoming looked after by the local authority, to divert children from the court process where possible in accordance with the Public Law outline
  • Permanency planning where care proceedings are initiated

Social worker’s Comments:

“The children are doing well and they are on a plan and will be coming off the PLO process soon.”

“All families should have this”.

“Family are able to identify support within their extended family and it is likely that social care will now withdraw their involvement”

Families’ comments:

“{The FGC} helps to identify all types of support. The meeting was very relaxed and respectful, thank you”.

“Each family’s issues are different and {FGC’s} meeting allows a plan to be made for each person needs”

London Borough of Lambeth Programme takes referrals from Children’s Services.

Lambeth programme: Programme Manager, Stephanie Bogosian – 07969656897 – Email – stephaniebogosian@daybreakfgc.org.uk

 

The London Borough of Hillingdon Daybreak Programme 

Daybreak has been working in Hillingdon since June 2013. Daybreak was recently awarded a three-year contract in April 2015 and will continue to provide the service until March 2018.  The main objectives of the service are to:

  • Enable families to make their own plans to help keep everyone safe.
  • Provide an FGC service for children and young people who are at risk of becoming looked after by the local authority.
  • To divert children from the court process where possible in accordance with the Public Law outline.

Hillingdon are looking at extending the service to include referrals from teams working with children already in care and teenagers.

Social workers say:

“Everybody arrived on time and everybody was involved in the discussions. The atmosphere was quite relaxed but professional. The meeting was very productive”.

“The FGC really helped the family understand the level of concerns and to look ahead.”

Family Said:

“[The FGC] enabled good banter and exchange of ideas around the table. Unable tot hink of any negative issues as the meeting went very well.”

“it has helped for opening up lines of communication and finding out about issues we all need to know about”.

“There is a definite plan in place–Helpful for everyone who attended.”

A Subject child aged 15 said:

“The meeting was well constructed. The coordinator was very nice and he listened to our views”

London Borough of Hillingdon Programme takes referrals from Children’s Services.

Hillingdon programme: Programme Manager, Stephanie Bogosian – 07969656897 – Email – stephaniebogosian@daybreakfgc.org.uk

 

Portsmouth Daybreak Programme

The Daybreak Portsmouth Family Group Conference Programme is managed by Lis Gohrisch and Julie Ellis our Senior Practitioner. Referrals come through social care for children, young people and their families.

The service is based on the principles that:
Children and young people are generally best looked after within their own family.
The child or young person’s welfare is most effectively promoted by working in partnership with families.

The key aim of the project is to:
Enable families to make their own plans to help keep everyone safe.
Provide an FGC service for children and young people who are at risk of becoming looked after by the local authority.
Provide a FGC to existing looked after children in order to promote reunification with their families if it is safe to do so.
To divert children from the court process where possible in accordance with the Public Law outline.

The Portsmouth project is proud that we have a high number of children and young people who attend their FGCs. Feed-back from these children and young people indicate that they felt safe and listened to during their conference and that they were happy with their FGC plans.

Portsmouth Programme

Child welfare programme takes referrals from CSCS, children’s social care

Adoption programme takes referrals from children’s social care

Troubled Families programme takes referrals from local voluntary agencies

Portsmouth, Portsmouth troubled families: Programme Manager, Lis Gohrisch – 07739716126 – Email – lisgohrisch@daybreakfgc.org.uk

 

The Southampton Daybreak Programme

Daybreak in Southampton is managed by our programme manager Alison Powney. Daybreak has been managing this programme since Oct 2011.

The original contract was for 40 meetings a year to work with referrals in:

  • Child in Need
  • Child protection
  • Pre-proceedings
  • Public Law Outline
  • Reunification

Over the past year we have received additional funding targeting Early Help. This additional funding doubled the number of referrals we could take over the year.

In line with UK legislation, Daybreak FGC’s encourage and promote this as a true opportunity to enable the children or young people, whose lives are being planned for, to have their views heard by those who are making plans effecting them. To this end any children of young people are offered an advocate. Over the past couple of years Daybreak has been developing pools of volunteer advocates which, according to feedback, has had a positive impact on the experience children, young people and vulnerable adults have had.

Some of the outcomes and feedback to date:

2014 -2105 we received 86 referrals from Southampton.

This involved 127 referred children. There were also another 19 children within the families that were not subject to the referral.

A total of 456 family members attended their FGCs with 269 service providers attending to give information to help the family understand the situation and know what support and resources might be available for them to consider when developing their family plan.

All children who completed feedback forms felt their views were included in their family plan either ‘a little’ or ‘a lot’

With additional comments ‘everyone listened’

‘it was amazing’

‘mum and auntie listened to me’

Some feedback from family members

‘we as a family have had a good plan in place but not all families are close and know what to do so yes I think these meetings are very good’

‘the meeting gave everyone a chance to explain how they were feeling and how to make {child} more happier and for him to be safe with family contact.’

‘.. for {child} and us happier, academically improved, overall health improved’

Some feedback from Service Providers

‘a very robust plan was created, contributing to taking the family out of pre-proceedings’

‘family able to work independently to create plan’

‘the family having a chance to sit and discuss issues and concerns with the view to help themselves more productively’

‘it was good to have all parties involved in one room. Process open and honest’

Southampton Programme takes referrals from Children’s Services.

Southampton programme: Programme Manager, Alison Powney – 07901655666 – Email –  alisonpowney@daybreakfgc.org.uk

 

Wessex Daybreak Programme

Daybreak in Bournemouth and Poole (Wessex) is managed by Programme Manager, Alison Powney.  Daybreak has been managing this programme since 2003 and we have this year, 2015, secured a new 3 year contract having been successful in the retendering process.

The aims of the service are:

  • Safeguarding children and young people
  • Children and young people are enabled to stay at home with their immediate family
  • To determine who can look after children and young people within the family unit – this may include friends if decided by the family
  • Prevention and reduction in a rise of the number of Looked After Children
  • Reduction of number of Child Protection plans being in place
  • Reduction of referrals to Children’s Social Care
  • Prevention of Court Proceedings
  • Reduction of delays in the court process
  • Ensuring thorough checks of family viability prior to court proceedings
  • To arrange permanent arrangements through extended family members

In line with UK legislation, Daybreak FGC’s encourage and promote this as a true opportunity to enable the children and young people, whose lives are being planned for, to have their views heard by those who are making plans effecting them.  To this end children and young people are offered an advocate

Some of the outcomes and feedback to date:

2014/2015 we received 17 referrals from Poole and 25 referrals from Bournemouth.

This involved 99 referred children.  There were also another 20 children within the families that were not subject to the referral.

In excess of 184 family members attended their FGC with over 60 service providers attending to give information to help the family understand the situation and know what support and resources might be available for them to consider when developing their family plan.

All children who completed their feedback forms felt their views were included in their family plan either ‘a little’ or ‘a lot’

Some feedback from family members

‘absolutely fantastic’

‘hopefully give him more positive feeling about the future’

‘structured plan, positive approach. Assurance to both parents and all family that we are all here for them for (child’s) wellbeing.’

Some feedback from Service Providers

‘excellent alternative to work intervention which might damage family unit’ – (Bournemouth) Social Worker

‘helpful meeting. Great plan’ – (Poole) Social Worker

‘it bought opposing family members together and helped build bridges to enable best outcomes for (child)’- (Bournemouth) referrer

Wessex Programme provides family group conferences to the Children’s Social Care in Bournemouth and Poole

Wessex programme: Programme Manager, Alison Powney – 07901655666 – Email –  alisonpowney@daybreakfgc.org.uk

Wiltshire Daybreak Programme

This programme is managed by Katrina Blatchford and Dennis McGarthy, Senior Practitioner

Wiltshire Programme takes referrals from Children’s Services.

Wiltshire programme: Programme Manager, Katrina Blatchford – 07764 970276 – Email – katrinablatchford@daybreakfgc.org.uk

 

Contact details for all the various programmes can be made to:

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Telephone 02380 696644
Email headoffice@daybreakfgc.org.uk

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