Over the first three-month phase of the project, the Skylakes team successfully de-escalated 114 of the 144 allocated cases. A similar proportion of cases were closed in the second three-month phase and the further eight-week extension. This followed successful direct intervention with children and families, reducing reliance on long-term CIN plans and the need for statutory intervention.
During the 8 month period, our social work teams have undertaken Skylakes bespoke CIN programme with 201 families and 388 children, resulting in an average CIN plan duration of 11 weeks. 100% of assessments have been completed within statutory timescales.
Of the cases assessed, 11.1% have been referred directly to the BwD Children in Need service and 8.2% have progressed to Initial Child Protection Conference (ICPC). In 0.5% of cases, children have become Looked After and in 29.6% of cases the ‘Step Down’ process has been implemented. 50.5% of cases have been closed. With the final outcome of 80.1% of cases safely de-escalated as a result of this approach.