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Children's social care
North Yorkshire County Council has been rated by the Audit Commission again and our current rating is as a 4 star authority - the highest rank attained by only one third of authorities - and improving well.
Within Children's social care at North Yorkshire County Council we believe that everything we do reflects our vision:
"To strengthen current practice and develop new ways of working with children, young people and families, by improving frontline delivery and embedding evidence based practice to reduce demand in services and deliver sustainable positive outcomes."
Children's social care comprises eight key areas:
Assessment and safeguarding service
Access and input teams provide an initial response to support children in need and protect them from harm. Staff work with families to support them in caring for their children wherever it is safe to do so and to support them through times of family crisis.
Children in need (CIN) and child protection (CP) teams work with children and their families to ensure children are safe and their needs appropriately met in the longer term.
Looked after children service
This service works with children who are looked after by the local authority because a child cannot live with their family for a short period of time, or permanently. The service supports children living with wider family and friends as well as in traditional foster care and children's homes.
The leaving care team supports young people as they approach adulthood ensuring they receive the right help to secure appropriate accommodation, education, training or employment.
The child placement service
The child placement service is responsible for the provision of three children's homes, three resource centres for disabled children, the recruitment, training and support of foster carers, and the adoption service.
The main areas of work are:
The youth offending service
North Yorkshire youth justice service (YJS) comprises expert staff from a range of service partners including the police, probation service, children's social care, health and education, supported by committed and skilled volunteers. The key objectives of the Youth Justice Service are to reduce youth crime, protect the public from serious harm, and safeguard the welfare of young people.
Effective practice and quality assurance
The team of Independent Reviewing Officers provide the child protection conference service for children and young people who have suffered or likely to suffer significant harm and the reviewing service for children and young people who are looked after by the Local Authority.
The main areas of work include:
Family intervention team (FIT)
The family intervention team is available across North Yorkshire to support children, young people and families where there is an identified risk of children or young people coming into care. The team works with the whole family to address issue identified jointly, between the worker and family members. The team works flexibly on a seven day a week basis, to support families and deliver interventions to achieve positive outcomes. The service can only be accessed by referral from a social worker.
Participation, standards and quality team
Case management is facilitated within children's social care by a well supported electronic case management system - ICS PROTOCOL. A further key support to social workers is provided by the commissioning and contracts team who identify potential placements for looked after children. Finally, a dedicated participation, standards and quality team seeks and collates service user feedback to influence future service delivery and development.
The education for looked after children (ELAC) virtual school monitors and directly intervenes in the educational progress and attainment of all looked after children in the care of North Yorkshire County Council.
We lead in ensuring that section 52 of the Children Act 2004, the duty of a local authority to safeguard and promote the welfare and educational achievement of a child looked after by them is fully met. This duty applies to all children looked after by an authority, wherever they are placed.
We will advise further on looked after children in the care of another local authority where they attend a North Yorkshire school. Irrespective of school status our aim is to support and promote the educational achievement of looked after children.
We believe that good practice in equalities benefits everyone and therefore aim to provide equality of opportunity for children and young people in respect of access to appropriate services, and for staff and colleagues with whom we work in partnership.
Children's social work matters
As a region we're committed to making Yorkshire and the Humber the most collaborative, supportive and rewarding place in which to enjoy a career as a children's social worker. So that's why all our 15 of local authorities have come together as one team to support and create change. Visit the Children's social work matters website for more information.
A month in the life of a newly qualified social worker: A graduate children's social worker from Rotherham is hoping to raise the profile of the vital role of children's social work teams by writing her own blog. You can access the blog here.
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