Skylakes was allocated referrals involving 1909 children during the project.
1599 children were attended to by Skylakes RAS teams, resulting in 56% requiring no further action from social services and 23% being stepped down for family support services.
Of the 310 children allocated to the Skylakes’ CIN team, almost 50% (150) of cases were closed following successful implementation of our 8-week intervention programme.
Handling a high volume of cases enabled the council to focus on clearing backlogs and achieving lower caseloads, addressing the concerns raised by Ofsted. This increased the timeliness of visits to children and families.
With 56% of RAS cases needing no further action, we identified key factors intensifying the amount of NFA cases coming in for referral and assessment. This involved looking at organisational pressures, including those influenced by partner agencies, to ensure that real change was delivered.
With our team manager working at the council’s offices two days a week, we established innovative ways of working with partner agencies in line with the newly established MASH, with the aim of delivering a more robust, long-term RAS model that is fit for purpose.