We have successfully managed the LBH Referral and Assessment Service under this innovative new model for 17 months, delivering improved efficiency in the short-term, as well as creating a solid framework for continuous improvement.
During this period, our five social work teams have managed referrals involving 2033 families and 4011 children, with an average case duration of 24 working days. In total, 3916 child assessments have been completed with an average assessment timescale of 19 working days. 99% of assessments have been assessed within statutory timescales specified in the service level agreement.
Of the cases assessed, 22.3% have been referred directly to the LBH Children in Need service and 12.3% have progressed to Initial Child Protection Conference (ICPC). In 1.3% of cases, children have become Looked After and in 7.6% of cases the ‘Step Down’ process has been implemented.
Our teams have also provided valuable input to help improve multi-agency partnership working by contributing to a number of forums involving education specialists, consultant paediatricians and police.