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Ealing Children’s Integrated Response Service [ ECIRS]
We recently changed our service structure to provide a single front door for all concerns about children. The Ealing Children’s Integrated Response Service incorporates the MASH and triages all new contacts and referrals, passing them on as appropriate to one of the social work teams or to our early intervention service, SAFE. ECIRS is a multi-agency team incorporating social care, police and health services with close links to Youth Offending Services, Housing and Adult Services. As you would expect, it’s a fast-paced and highly responsive service that relies on rapid decision making and case screening by the team.
Our successful Brighter Futures (BF) programme has allowed Ealing Children's Services to develop new ways of working and delivering services to children, young people, families and carers through multi-disciplinary teams. We are currently moving towards phasing in the Brighter Futures model of working and the wider integration of learning from the BF Programme across Children and Families. As part of our on-going transformation, our Locality Teams will incorporate the Multi-Agency Support Team (MAST) structure. These teams will carry out assessments on all cases referred by ECIRS using our single assessment process. Cases which need on-going work through a Child in Need or Child Protection Plan are then held in these teams, providing continuity for children, families and agencies. Social workers in these teams work closely with our early intervention service [SAFE], with our Family Intervention Service, our in-house Domestic Violence (DV) advisors and DV perpetrator programme in order to provide high quality, evidence-based support and intervention to children at risk. Where care proceedings become necessary, the Locality-based social workers provide the necessary assessments and work together with the Looked After Children Teams to initiate proceedings.
Our LAC service encompasses a Court Team, a Permanency Team and a Leaving Care Team. The Court team is responsible for managing all care proceedings and for working with our Care Proceedings Manager to ensure that proceedings are timely and that the child’s need for permanency and stability underpins all planning.
The Permanency Team is responsible for all children looked after under s20 CA89 and for children with long-term care plans. There is a strong focus on early permanency planning throughout the whole service and both teams work closely with the Fostering and Adoption Service. The Leaving Care Team works with all looked after young people from the age of 16.
The Looked After Children Education Team and our in-house LAC Psychology service work closely with the LAC and leaving care social workers to ensure that all our young people have every opportunity to develop their strengths and talents and maximise their life chances.
This service comprises the Fostering Recruitment, Fostering support, and Adoption and Kinship teams.There is a strong focus throughout this service on stability and permanency for children, reflected both in our ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted inspections and in our current very high performance in recruiting adopters and finding families for our children.
The Looked After Children Psychology team is integrated into this service and provides both direct work with carers and children as well as invaluable consultation and support to social workers.
This team, based in Ealing Hospital, takes referrals from the hospital but also manages all cases of pre-birth children where there is a risk of harm. This allows for early engagement with parents to try to reduce risk and concern and for timely planning for all babies who may need alternative care.
The Housing Support team has expertise in private fostering, homelessness and working with asylum-seeking young people. The focus of the team is on these cases, but it also provides support and assistance on these matters to the other teams across the borough.
Ealing Service for Children with Additional Needs (ESCAN) is a joint initiative between Ealing NHS and Ealing Council. Its goal is to deliver high quality joined-up services for children and young people with disabilities within Health, Education and Children’s Services. Our ESCAN team works to ensure that children and young people with disabilities will have access to (and are supported by) an outstanding provision that offers advice, information, assessment and appropriate interventions when they need it. The social work team for Children with Additional Needs is integrated into this service but has close links with the wider social work service.
EDT provide an out-of-hours emergency social work service right across Ealing and Hounslow boroughs. Staff recruited for EDT need to be fully qualified social workers who are also AMHP specialists as well as experienced in children’s services. EDT provide a service 7 days a week, 365 days per year.