Decision details

Early Help Review

Reference: D57326

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

The Early Help Review will seek to achieve efficiencies by simplifying structures and processes, it will improve the quality of practice and the experience of children and families as they receive early help. It will develop the availability of evidence-based support and increase the engagement with children and families.

The review will focus on the need to develop integrated multi-disciplinary trauma informed services recognising the benefits of the Leeds Practice Model and the positive outcomes to be achieved for children and families as well as efficiencies that can be achieved through the increased integration of services. 

The review will build on the successful cluster arrangements and the three existing Early Help Hubs to develop Family and Community Hubs that will ensure the delivery of effective localised multi-agency accessible support. 

Decision:

The Director of Children & Families approved;

  • The new Early Help structure as detailed in appendix 1
  • The creation of 1FTE Education Safeguarding & Front Door Support Officer (PO4), along with a 1FTE EDT Family Help Worker (C1) to be established on the Front Door structure.

The transfer of the MST and Futures services from the Early Help Structure to the Corporate parenting structure.

Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Portfolio Holder: The Executive Member for Adults and Children's Social Care and Health Partnerships

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Member briefing.

Consultation with Trade Unions and staff.

Consultees

Executive Member for Adults and Children’s Social Care and Health Partnerships

Trade Unions: Unison, GMB & Unite

Contact: Vicky Fuggles 0113 37 86840 Email: victoria.fuggles@leeds.gov.uk.

Publication date: 27/03/2024

Date of decision: 08/04/2024

Effective from: 16/04/2024

Current call-in Count: 0

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