This is the second blog in our series on the Early Help Offer, as an addition to universal preventative services for children and troubled families.
Back in 2011 Professor Eileen Munro recommended that the government place a statutory duty on local authorities and their partners to ensure enough early intervention services were in place.
Continue reading Putting children and families first with an Early Offer of Help
Children and young people are often the most vulnerable members of our communities with local authorities and their partners providing social care support to those experiencing the highest levels of problems.
Nevertheless, it is important that all partners and communities provide effective and co-ordinated help and support to children and their families at the earliest opportunity, to prevent them from having to experience such difficulties and related distress in the first place. The Early Help and Troubled Families programmes (see below) are considered to be dynamic connections to the multiagency safeguarding hub (MASH).
Continue reading Early Offer of Help, including the Troubled Families programme as part of the MASH
After many months of thorough investigation there was no room for doubt when Louise Casey concluded in her inspection report on Rotherham Borough Council that it “wasn’t fit for purpose”.
Most people reading this blog will be aware of the scandal concerning child sexual exploitation in the borough and the findings of the Jay report. Now, we have Louise Casey’s own inspection, which was commissioned by Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles.
Continue reading Child sexual exploitation in Rotherham and the need to listen
I have always regarded myself as a libertarian. “Somewhat strange” I hear you say given my chosen career path. Firstly, in my defence, I didn’t choose the police service, neither did it choose me. It just happened.
Continue reading A cautionary tale of a child’s death, free speech and the public’s right to know
By Nigel Boulton
Since leaving policing some four years ago I have been involved through my company with safeguarding professionals across all types of organisations. My work has involved intelligence-led safeguarding, inter professional practice and my own baby, Multi Agency Safeguarding Hubs, which are commonly known as MASH.
Continue reading Multi Agency Integration – a challenge?