Achieving the elements ensures that your organisation has safe practices in place to share information and work with other agencies. Tick the elements your organisation has in place.


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Do you have written guidelines and procedures on sharing information?

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Use the example to develop guidelines for staff and volunteers on information sharing.

Are your information-sharing procedures compatible with LSCB expectations?

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Make sure that your information sharing guidelines comply with your LSCB’s expectations.

Resources

Do you draw up a written agreement made with families at the start of their involvement with you?

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Use the example to develop templates for written agreements, or create your own, based on the same information. Make sure that staff know and understand why such agreements are important, and offer support if they need it.

Does this agreement specify the work to be done and the basis for sharing information with other agencies?

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The agreement needs to be clear about the work to be done, the reasons for it and what will be shared with other agencies. The example provided illustrates this.
Do you provide guidance to staff on identifying children who may benefit from early help assessments?

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Use the example to raise awareness and understanding amongst your staff group about these issues.
Do you train your workforce on how to contribute to early help assessments?

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Staff may need help in conbributing to early help assessments. The example will help you to record training that they have done, and identify possible sources of such training if you need it.

Do you have a process to measure the impact on children of early help services you provide?

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Use the example to consider whether any of the evaluation tools suggested would work for your organisation – if you have commissioners, make sure that you involve them  in your discussions. If you can’t find any ‘ready made’ systems, create your own.

Do you make up-to-date information about local services available to staff, volunteers and families?

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Use the example to put together your own set of information about local services, or find a local e-directory that does it for you.

Do you ensure that your workforce is competent to participate in multi-agency responses to local needs?

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Use the example to help you decide on the levels of competence in child protection and safeguarding needed in your staff group. The resources will also help you to record training that they have done, and identify possible sources of such training.


Are your staff familiar with their LSCB’s threshold document?

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Visit your LSCB website and/or ring your LSCB to ask about their threshold document. Make sure that your workforce knows about it and can use it.

Do your staff take part in reviews of your organisation’s practice?

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Set up a review of one aspect of your organisation’s practice. Use ideas from the LSCB learning and improvement framework if you can. Think about how you can make it a positive process that enables you, as an organisation, to identify and embed learning.

In your business plan and tender applications, do you build in capacity to engage in multi-agency work?

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Use the example to help you identify how you might be able to write capacity for multi-agency work into your business plan or next tender application.

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