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Foreword
In April 2002, the Western Area Children and Young People’s Committee published its second Children’s Services Plan, for the period 2002-2005.

The Children’s Services Plan 2002-2005 has described, in some detail, how need has been assessed, reports agreed, inter-agency strategic objectives, and identifies a number of key result areas related to these objectives. This publication is intended to be a working document.
It provides an Executive Summary of Children’s Services Plan 2002-2005, and an Action Plan – specifying how the strategic objectives can be taken forward in the year 2002-2003, and how progress can be measured.

The Action Plan will be used by the Western Area Children and Young People’s Committee to monitor and assess progress, and will be the basis on which the Children’s Services Plan is reviewed annually.


The Western Area Children and Young People’s Committee welcomes comments, views, and opinions about the Children’s Services Plan.
If you wish to convey your views about:
- content
- how the information is laid out
- what is missing
- ideas for further development
- criticisms
- how the Plan can be improved

please contact:

Eamon McTernan
Principal Social Worker (Children’s Services Planning)
Western Health and Social Services Board
Area Board Headquarters
15 Gransha Park
Clooney Road Telephone:
028 71 860086
Derry
BT47 6FN
Fax: 028 71 860311
e-mail: emcternan@whssb.n-i.nhs.uk

The Children’s Services Plan, as well as a range of other planning documents and information about need and supply in respect of services for children and young people in the West, is available in the Western Area Children and Young People’s Committee Website at: www.wacy-pc.org

Contents Page

1. Children’s Services Plan 2002-2005 – Executive Summary
1.1 Needs Led Planning for Children and Young People 1
1.2 Model for Assessing Need 1
1.3 Key Planning Themes 3
1.4 Structure 4
2. Action Plan
2.1 Developing and Monitoring the Plan 5
2.2 Children and Young People Who Are in Public Care 8
2.3 Youth Justice 13
2.4 Children and Young People Ceasing to be Looked After 17
2.5 Children in Need of Protection 19
2.6 Children with a Disability 21
2.7 Services for Children with Emotional, Behavioural, Psychiatric and Psychological Needs 26
2.8 Children and Young People who are Homeless 31
2.9 Information Support 32


Children’s Services Plan 2002-2005 1 April 2002
1. Children’s Services Plan 2002-2005
1.1 Needs Led Planning for Children and Young People

The mission of the Western Area Children and Young People’s Committee is “to achieve maximum possible coordination between all agencies and groups, of their strategic planning for children in Need in the WHSSB area, led by assessment of need”.

(Children’s Services Plan 1999-2002, p12) This approach to planning is defined by two key questions:

(a) How are our children doing?
(NOT: How are our services doing?)
(b) Can services be built around children?
(NOT: Can we get the children to the services?)
The Children’s Services Plan is:
A three year strategic plan for children in Need.
A statutory requirement (Children Services Planning Order 1998)
The result of inter-agency collaboration and cooperation
Committed to consultation with all stakeholders Subject to annual, published, reviews.


1. Children’s Services Plan 2002-2005

1.1 Needs Led Planning for Children and Young People
The mission of the Western Area Children and Young People’s Committee is “to achieve maximum possible coordination between all agencies and groups, of their strategic planning for children in Need in the WHSSB area, led by assessment of need”.

1.2 Model for Assessing Need



Level 1 refers to those services which are available to all children – Health Care, Education and a range of other services provided in communities.
Level 2 represents services to children who have some additional needs. Services at Level 2 are characterized by referral, and full parental consent and negotiation. Examples would be Behaviour Support, Parenting Support, additional Educational services, etc.
Level 3 represents support to families or individual children and young people where there are chronic or serious problems. It is provided through a complex mix of services which usually need to work together in order to provide the best support.
Level 4 represents support to families or individual children and young people where the family has broken down temporarily or permanently when the young person may, for example, be in Care, in Youth Custody, or as a Hospital In- Patient due to disability or mental health problems.

1.3 Key Planning Themes
Promoting Social Inclusion
Targets for all children should also be the targets for vulnerable children
Vulnerable children require additional services to meet these targets
Additional services have to be built on existing services, around the needs of the child
Requires ‘cross-cutting’ planning at local level
‘Cross-cutting’ planning at local level requires coordination at departmental level
Equality and Human Rights
Evidence of impact of Equality principles on strengths and outcomes
Needs Led Planning and Research
Development of the Information Base
Enhanced systems for consultation
Outcome focus
Integrated Family Support Strategy




Composition of Western Area Children & Young People’s Committee

• Director of Social Care, WHSSB - CHAIR
• WHSSB (Health & Social Care) 2
• Education 1
• Probation 1
• Juvenile Justice Board (NIO) 1
• Housing 1
• Westcare Business Services (Training) 1
• Community Trusts 2
• Police 1
• Voluntary Sector 3*
• Community Sector 3*
• Ethnic Minority 1*
• Children’s Services Planner 1
(2 Voluntary Sector, 3 Community Sector, and 1 Ethnic Minority place still to be filled)

1.4 Children’s Services Planning Structure



2.1 Developing and Monitoring the Plan

Strategic Objective: The Western Area Children and Young People’s Committee will promote and develop the Children’s Services Plan over the period 2002-2005, concentrating on achieving progress in the areas of Promoting Social Inclusion, Equality and Human Rights, Supporting Needs Led Planning and Resourcing, and Developing an Integrated Approach to Family Support.







2.2 Children and Young People Who Are In Public Care

Strategic Objective: To develop a range of services for children and young people in public care which will increase the capacity of the WHSSB and Trusts to comprehensively assess their needs, and ensure that Care Plans can draw upon appropriate placements and other support and treatment services.











2.3 Youth Justice

Strategic Objective: To increase the range and coherence of services in the Western area (along the continuum from prevention to rehabilitation) which will promote the social inclusion of children and young people who are at different levels of risk of offending, or who have been adjudicated upon by the Courts.









2.4 Children and Young People Ceasing to be Looked After

Strategic Objective: To develop a range of services, along the continuum set out in the Hardiker Model (1992), which will be available to children, young people and their families when children and young people cease to be Looked After and return to the care of their families, or make the transition from Care to live independently in their communities.
This range of services should be needs led, based on the recommendations of the First Key Report, and the Leaving Care Bill, and be delivered within a wider Family Support Strategy.



Webmaster Note: We tried to look at the above mentioned Hardieker Model but only came up with the version that has to be bought. According to the producers this document is written by Mr Eamon McTernan and sells 4 per year. Keeping in mind this Plan was written for 2002-2005 and there are now only Four Boards in Social Services Northern Ireland, this page is prepared May 2007 - how many social workers can be reading the above mentioned Hardiker Model?.





2.5 Children in Need of Protection

Strategic Objectives:
• To ensure that children are protected from physical, sexual and emotional abuse and from neglect.

• To ensure that preventative services are co-ordinated in a way that the greatest impact and effect can be secured for the benefit of families in the Western area.

• To further develop an outcome based approach to child protection involving all Agencies. In pursuance of the achievement of the above stated objectives, it will be necessary for the Agencies involved to continue to strive to attain a balance between promotional and safeguarding activities.
It will also be important for users, both children and parents, to have a voice.





2.6 Children with a Disability

Strategic Objective: To develop a range of services in the Western area, which build on children’s strengths, provide integrated and linked services, involve those who use the services, support families and carers, and promote the rights of disabled children and young people.











2.7 Services For Children With Emotional, Behavioural, Psychiatric, and Psychological Needs

Strategic Objective: To develop services for children and young people with emotional, behavioural, psychiatric and psychological difficulties through improved monitoring and assessment of need: closer co-operation with Primary Care and other disciplines; establishment of enhanced services for children and young people with acute needs; promotion/strengthening of the range of options available to children and young people at other levels of need.











2.8 Children and Young People Who Are Homeless
Strategic Objective: To coordinate and put in place development plans, through a partnership model of inter-agency working, in order to provide the range of housing provision and necessary support services which have been identified in the Children’s Services Plan, and to continue to monitor the needs of children, families and young people who are vulnerable because of homelessness through statistical monitoring and consultation. The policy context of ‘Supporting People’ will be emphasised.


2.9 Information Support
Strategic Objective: To further develop the information base for Children’s Services Planning, to achieve improved targeting of need, monitoring of supply and evidence of outcomes for children and young people.




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