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In Control hosts early intervention roundtable

In Control is hosting a roundtable session next month to discuss personalising the approach to early intervention and better supporting people at times of crisis or vulnerability.

The session will take place on the 13th May in London. It will be a small, focused session  to explore how the principles of personalisation can underpin approaches to early intervention, recovery and independence. Examples of cutting edge work currently taking place will be shared and discussion invited on ideas of how this work can be taken forward in other areas.

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 include:

  • 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 following representatives have so far confirmed attendance at the roundtable:

  • Lyn Romeo , Chief Social Worker - Adults, Department of Health
  • Pat MCardle, Mayday Trust (East Midlands)
  • Nick Parker, Vestia  (Worcestershire)
  • Dawn Rees, independent expert
  • Chris Easton, Personalisation and Children lead, NHS England
  • Jenny Dalby, Head of Service Middlesbrough Council
  • Clive Miller, OPM
  • Sarah Caton, ADCS, Lead Children's Policy
  • Clare Gent , Head of Development, Action for Children
  • Rachel Salter , Worcestershire Family Intervention Project
  • Alan Rosenbach CQC
  • Helen Wheatley, Catch 22
  • Howard Sinclair, St Mungo's Broadway
  • Eustace DeSousa, Troubled Families, Early Intervention & Corporate Programmes

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Last Updated : 22 April 2014. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.