Over the 18-week term of the project, the Skylakes team successfully managed 161 cases with an average case duration of six weeks. 158 assessments were completed (three were not required), with 99% of these delivered within the agreed timescales. All assessments were carried out in accordance with what was then the Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013 statutory guidance on inter-agency working.
Just over 37% of cases were closed. 30.43% of cases were identified for step down to universal services. Our team worked closley with early help, jointly putting into place a very clear team around the child and family to ensure a sustainable and planned de-escalation. After
some intensive intervention throughout the single assessment process, only 23% of cases were identified as needing to be progressed to Child in Need (CIN) plans with a SMART CIN plan being produced.
In just under 9% of cases, the Skylakes social worker identified the need to convene an Initial Child Protection Conference (ICPC) with Skylakes presenting these cases to a multi-agency conference with a holistic strengths based child protection report and recommendations for planning.