Strengthening Families, Protecting Children

Strengthening Families, Protecting Children (SFPC) covers three models in which local authorities work with families to safely reduce the number of children entering care.

Family Safeguarding Pilot Evaluation Report – a whole system approach to children’s safeguarding in which multi-disciplinary children’s safeguarding teams are established, with Specialist Adult Practitioners in domestic abuse, mental health and substance misuse co-located with Social Workers. Staff use Motivational Interviewing, and a structured assessment and intervention programme with families. 

Family Valued Pilot Evaluation Report – a whole system approach to children’s safeguarding involving training in Restorative Practice and establishing or expanding Family Group Conference (FGC) services. It also entails carrying out a review of existing local systems and the commissioning of new restorative services to address gaps in provision.

No Wrong Door Pilot Evaluation Report – an approach delivered by an integrated multidisciplinary team providing support to young people in care or on the edge of care. This is delivered through a range of services, outreach and accommodation options. Practice is strengths based, restorative and informed by the No Wrong Door Distinguishers, Provocations and Non-Negotiables. Developed by North Yorkshire County Council with support from the Department for Education’s Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme.

To find out more about SFPC, listen to the latest series of our Talking Research in Children’s Social Care podcast.

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