Nottinghamshire County Council Children’s Social Care Transformation Programme was launched in May 2011. The aim of the programme is to develop and implement a future operating model for Children’s Social Care that improves outcomes for children and young people, is sustainable and cost effective.
The Children's Social Care Transformation Programme will deliver our ambitious vision:
"To provide the most vulnerable children and young people in Nottinghamshire the support and protection that they need to be safe, secure and happy and to achieve their full potential."
The vision is underpinned by three key principles
- the principle focus of children's social care is to protect and support the most vulnerable children and young people in Nottinghamshire
- our aim is to keep children at home in their families wherever possible and where it is safe to do so
- we believe that children should exit the care system by returning to their family or into alternative permanent placement, such as adoption, as quickly as possible.
The success of this programme in achieving better outcomes for children and families requires Nottinghamshire County Council and its partners to work effectively through involvement in focus and working groups to support the development of the future operating model.
The Children’s Social Care Transformation Programme is delivering the new operating model through the following projects:
- implementation of a new organisational structure that enables frontline social workers to specialise in specific areas of social work practice
- the establishment of a Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), to act as the single gateway for all social care enquiries and referrals in Nottinghamshire.
You can download the presentation about the MASH given to the Children’s Trust Executive on 21 March 2012 by Steve Edwards, Service Director for Children’s Social Care
- scoping the viability of establishing an integrated 13-25 transitions service for children with a disability
- re-engineering the journey for looked after children and improving support services to prevent placement breakdown
- streamlining the process for children in care proceedings
- review of data available for the service, to design a new set of performance indicators
- undertake a best value review of internal and external provider services
- develop a cost driver model to enable the prediction of future demand trends, and therefore what the impact of this will be on services
Phased implementation of the new structure
- August 2011 - Permanence Team established to be part of Through Care Service
- February 2012 onwards - alignment of services for children with a disability
- Summer 2012 - development of shadow arrangements
- By November 2012 - Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
- District Teams can follow MASH
- March 2013 - full implementation
Children’s Social Care Transformation Programme team
Steve Edwards, Service Director, Children’s Social Care
Overall lead for the Children’s Social Care Transformation Programme
Tel: 0115 9774782
Lucy Peel, Programme Manager
Tel: 0115 9773139
Devon Allen, Business Change Manager
Tel: 0115 9773312
Sean Kelly, Project Manager for Organisational Structure and
Looked After Children Project
Tel: 0115 9773454
Janice Davis, Business Support Lead and Programme Support
Tel: 0115 9774226