Multi-Agency Triage Hub (MATH) – Police, Health, Social Care and Targeted Intervention
The newly formed team will be consist of the existing MASH police staff, a MATH manager, intervention key workers and social care workers.
The role of the team will be to receive information about families and children who are considered a concern, to consider this information, share as appropriate and utilise a shared screening tool to explore any concerns where necessary; working closely with other teams and partner agencies to direct work appropriately when necessary.
A team of social, participation and engagement workers working with children and young people with a plan of permanence. The permanence team closely liaises with Blackpool Young People’s Service to ensure smooth transition to independence and adulthood for care leavers; ensuring all our children reach their full potential, educationally, socially and emotionally in good quality placements with appropriate care plans to meet their needs.
Supporting the safeguarding team in identifying early permanence, the adoption team identify the likely plan of adoption to undertake family finding activities. Children transfer at the point of placement order being granted until the point of the adoption order being granted. The social workers work with prospective adopters – responding to initial enquiries, applications and undertaking of assessments, whilst providing ongoing support and training. Post adoption support is also provided – for our children who have been adopted, commissioning activity through the Adoption Support Fund, facilitating mailbox contact and supporting in delivery of life story work with adopters.
The service holds cases in relation to child protection, children in care proceedings and complex child in need cases received from MATH, assessment and planning team, and targeted intervention services (Family Hubs). The team focus on developing SMART plans to ensure children and young people are safeguarded, with plans focused on outcomes to move children/young people away from statutory services where appropriate and towards permanence without delay.
A team of social work professionals whose role is to support in providing quality accommodation and care for our children; holding an allocated caseload undertaking assessments of prospective foster carers, Kinship and Connected person’s foster carers. Working with approved foster carers providing dedicated assistance and ongoing support / training, the team also respond to initial enquiries and applications made by prospective foster carers and attend occasional recruitment events to provide advice and answer questions for those interested in helping local children.
Establishing a Wider Exploitation Team
Widening the scope of Awaken (CSE) to encompass other forms of exploitation, the team works alongside police, health and education professionals to develop a combination of prevention and direct work with children who are high risk. Working in a timely manner to support the wider workforce to respond appropriately to presentation of key risk indicators.
Assessment and Planning
Teams of social work professionals receive information that has been screened and triaged by the MATH which has been determined to be in need of statutory assessment or Section 47 enquiry. Working closely with the Public Protection team to aid rapid and appropriate response to Section 47 enquiries, the assessment and planning team will focus on quality, timely assessments and careful balanced decision making on next steps; and determine plans that identify at an early stage an alternative contingency.
Contact (Family Time)
Dedicated team delivering a service whereby children and young people can see and spend time with their family members in a safe environment, with the appropriate support.