Stockton JSNA

Children in need

What services are currently provided?

Services provided via the Council include:

CAF Team – The CAF Team is a point of contact within Children and Young People’s Services for any professional who requires support with the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) process. The CAF Team co-ordinates the collation and registration of work carried out by agencies under the CAF as part of the early help offer in Stockton-on-Tees. The team has four CAF Support Officers who work to support agencies to carry out assessments under the CAF, establish and further develop successful Team Around the Family (TAF) meetings.

Family Support – There are two dedicated Family Support Teams covering the north and south of the Borough. The Family Support Teams will generally work with children under the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) where those children have additional needs that require a multi-agency targeted response. The principal aim of the Family Support Teams is to address a child’s needs to prevent them escalating to the point where statutory assessment and intervention is needed.

Fieldwork North and Fieldwork South – The Fieldwork North and South service areas undertake statutory work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in need and their families. This includes those children who are in need of protection and looked after children. To achieve this, there are two Assessment Teams and six Fieldwork Teams comprised of social workers, senior family workers and family workers who assess, plan and carry out direct work with children and families.

Complex Needs Social Work Team (CNSWT) / Key Working Development Team (KWDT) – The CSNWT and KWDT provide an integrated and coordinated response for children and young people with complex needs. This is achieved through the allocation of either a social worker who will undertake an assessment of need or a key working assistant who will assist in identifying a key worker who will coordinate service provision and will be a single point of contact for the family. Specialist support is available for those children and young people who have severe learning disability, complex physical disability, a life limiting or a life threatening condition or those with multiple disability.

Youth Direction – Youth Direction provides a range of services to young people across the Borough including a ‘One Stop Shop’ drop in service in the main Youth Direction building where Participation Advisors provide information, advice, guidance and support for those young people who are at risk of leaving or are not in education, employment or training. Careers advisors are also available to all young people to offer advice and guidance through one-to-one interviews to help young people make informed decisions about their futures.  Youth Direction also provide youth centres and projects across the Borough for young people age 11 to 19 and the Targeted Youth Support Team provides coordinated support to young people age 8 – 19 (or 25 if the young person has a learning difficulty / disability) who may need personalised support and positive activities for a number of reasons.

Preventions Service – The Preventions Service provides support and early interventions to young people aged 8 -17 who are at risk of school exclusion, being involved in antisocial behaviour or are at risk of involvement in criminal behaviour. The help available aims to divert these young people from these risks through targeted one to one guidance, opportunities to gain qualifications, targeted group work, involvement in exciting projects, positive activities and holiday activity programmes.

The Early Help and Prevention Strategy for Children, Young People and their Families (2014) is a helpful source of reference for information about how other services are provided / commissioned to provide help to children and families in need, particularly prior to them meeting the threshold for referral to statutory social care services.  

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