Slough Children’s Services Trust has undertaken an exciting and challenging project to transform the way we support children and families in and around Slough.
We have redesigned the service offered to children and young people by moving away from conventional social work teams to smaller ‘hubs’, each led by a Consultant Social Work Manager and made up of
professionals from different disciplines.
Cases are ‘owned’ and ‘co-worked’ by each hub, which is supported by a Hub Coordinator (enhanced business support), a weekly case discussion, and a systemic approach.
This new way of working is called Safe, Secure and Successful. Our aim is to ensure children, young people and families experience a more complete and responsive service to address some of their most common concerns.
The background to our social work hub model and implementation and progress reports on it can be viewed on the Our Journey page.
This model – looking at everyone involved in a child’s life – is helping is to identify issues at an earlier stage. We can offer or signpost to appropriate help or interventions, so that we can concentrate our efforts and resources on those who need them most. It’s effective and it’s working.
Recently we bid for – and were granted – £1.439m funding over two years by the Department for Education, to further develop our Safe, Secure and Successful social care model. We will use this funding to develop a new ‘enhanced’ hub, to better target help quickly and effectively at the Early Intervention stage.