On May 13, In Control hosted a roundtable event to explore
personalising the approach to early intervention and better
supporting people at times of crisis or vulnerability.
The focused session looked at how the principles of
self-directed support can underpin approaches to early
intervention, recovery and independence.
The following people attended the session which was conducted
under Chatham House Rules.
- Jenny Dalby and Tim Keilty, Middlesbrough
- Rachel Salter and Nick Parker, Worcestershire
- Pat McCardle, Mayday Trust
- Lynne Romeo, chief social worker, Department of Health
- Trudi Reynolds and Chris Easton, NHS England
- Sarah Caton, ADCS
- Alan Rosenbach, CQC
- Clare Gent, Action for Children
- Clive Miller, OPM
- Dawn Rees, independent expert
- Alison Burton, Public Health England
- Julie Stansfield, CEO In Control
- Martin Routledge, head of operations, In Control
- Nic Crosby, Children's programme lead, In Control
There are many different initiatives and programmes currently
running across England that focus on early intervention,
alternatives to long-term placements, 'troubled families', school
exclusions and supporting people of all ages at times of crisis.
However changing thresholds and eligibility criteria mean that many
of these people are now not entitled to support.
In Control has long advocated for more personalised approaches
to empowering people to take control of their lives using tactics
such as person-centred planning, creative use of funding and
ensuring the child/young person/family's voice is heard. We are
currently carrying out very interesting work with a number of
people and organisations to take these approaches forward and to
explore how personalisation can work for a much greater number of
people outside of the traditional support and care model.
Examples of this work were presented to those participating in
the roundtable, and this included:
- Worcestershire Improving Futures: Person-centred
planning, support from a local person, backed up with a possible
personal budget to support children at risk
- Middlesbrough: Supporting children and young
people at risk of being taken into the care of the local authority,
or being in care
- Mayday Trust (East Midlands): Support to young
people at a time of crisis, homelessness or exclusion from learning
through personal mentors, person-centred planning and access to a
small personal budget.
The roundtable involved a lively discussion focusing on finding
out more about this work, exploring the challenges of applying
self-directed support to different situations and how to take this
A brief summary of the roundtable discussion can be viewed here and you can also
find out more about the three pieces of work highlighted above in
our new paper: Self-directed
support and early intervention.