Young people at risk plan and updates

SPP Plan  2018-2020 for Young People at risk and March 2019 updates

  • Work with the Police to develop missing and edge of care services- co-location pilot – with particular focus on victims of child sexual exploitation and child criminal exploitation 
  • UPDATE March 2019 – The new Edge of Care service is now up and running and funded until March 2020
  • Police will work with partners in Children’s Services and NHS services to ensure children engaged in serious violence are supported, appropriate information is shared (including information from the local community)
  • UPDATE March 2019 – Police operations in relation to young people vulnerable to exploitation and serious violence (Op Skycap and Op Shorebird) further developed relationships between key partners in understanding the scale of local issues, identify potential children at risk and sharing information to manage risks.
  • Police will implement Operation Fortress by targeting known drug dealers, disrupting drugs markets and ‘county lines’ using automatic number plate recognition, mobile phone blocking, criminal behaviour orders, and civil orders.
  • UPDATE March 2019 – Operation Fortress is supported by a multi-agency group meeting regularly in the city.  These meetings help to galvanise activity improve understanding of local risks and business models used by ‘county lines’ and organised crime groups. As part of the Eastern Area, Portsmouth benefits from the Drug Related Harm unit based at the new Police Investigations Centre (PIC). Sustained action by Police has resulted in 15-20 transient dealers being arrested each month for last 6 months and approximately 50 cars a day identified by ANPR. Police working with Met Police around vulnerable youngsters from London.
  • Support ‘out of court disposals’ 20 for those children who are at early stages of offending to divert them from crime in the first place and make appropriate use of the Modern Slavery defence where young people are being exploited.
  • UPDATE March 2019  The approach of partners towards children involved with County Lines is to protect them rather than criminalise them. The Modern Slavery defence (whereby gang leaders tell the runners to tell police they been forced into exploitation) has not been used in Portsmouth so far.
  • Implement Children’s Physical Health strategy, led by Public Health that includes a focus on ACEs.
  • UPDATE March 2019 This strategy is reported to the Stronger Futures Board of the Portsmouth Children’s Trust. One strategic objective is to reduce potential harms from adversity. National funding has been secured to support children of alcohol dependent parents and the new service is now taking referrals. Other progress relevant to young people at risk include development of a childhood obesity pathway which aims to raise awareness and indicate when childhood obesity may become a safeguarding issue. 
  • Undertake a detailed analysis of the first time entrants cohort.
  • UPDATE March 2019 Completed and presented to the Youth Offending Team Board. Recommendations include regular repeat analysis to track trends, the importance of discussing first time entrants at the Triage Panel before any other action is taken and the assessing the effectiveness of local services in preventing or addressing risk factors associated with involvement in violence, knife crime and/or drugs related offences.
  • Detailed monitoring of school attendance, fixed-term exclusions, reduced timetables and elective home education, followed up by ‘challenge meetings’ lead by the director and deputy director of children’s services where levels are high.
  • UPDATE March 2019 Increases in fixed term exclusions is a national trend. Mainstream schools are now more inclusive and behaviour management is more challenging. Low rate of permanent exclusions in Portsmouth and this has shown a small reduction in latest published data.  Fixed term exclusions rate continues to rise and is above the stat neighbour average.  All children on reduced timetables are monitored and contacted if no plan in places after six weeks. Number of elective home educated pupils has tripled in the last three years – currently 333. Since Sept 18 there have been challenge meetings re fixed term exclusions with six schools (three secondary and three primary). New protocol agreed with head teachers in December 18 and meetings with schools have shown improvement in Autumn term in 50% of schools. Proposal for further work is being developed to examine the number of panels in the city and decision making in relation to individual children.
  • A refresh of the Portsmouth School Attendance Strategy which will be completed over summer 2018 in advance of a new school attendance campaign to be launched in the Autumn.
  • UPDATE March 2019 Media campaign launch Oct 2018 and impact to be evaluated March 2019 and strategy refreshed.
  • Provide support for the roll out of the strategy to improve wellbeing and resilience in education including restorative practice within schools
  • UPDATE March 2019 Portsmouth Education Partnership is leading the work to rollout of emotional health and wellbeing strategy via task and finish sub-group and action plan with 11 work steams including:
  • Develop youth mental health first aid offer and ongoing training is available to all schools
  • Coherent structured professional development SEHM training pathway. This pathway incorporates basic awareness training for all staff in education settings
  • Providing increased clarity for parents, carers and professional about the expectations of services.
  • A mental health conference to provide a forum to share practice and upskill professionals.Support and clarity is provided for mental health leads in schools.
  • PSHE framework available for all schools.
  • Restorative practice is strengthened in schools through training, networks and action learning sets.
  • Provide support for Inclusion Support Panel ‘managed move process’ for hard to place pupils and use of other schools as an alternative to exclusion Ensure all chronic absentees (below 50% school attendance) have a lead professional, in school or in the targeted early help service Development of a refreshed strategy for Alternative Provision that will support reintegration of KS3 pupils from The Harbour School back into mainstream secondary schools.
  • UPDATE March 2019 ISP meets fortnightly to identify appropriate placements for hard to place pupils where behaviour is an issue. An early help assessment is required before panel consider each case. This model is considered best practice and is supported by all primary and secondary schools. Evaluate impact in summer term. Number of pupils where ‘alternative exclusion’ is used has increased from 370 incidents involved 280 pupils in 16/17 to 429 involving 301 pupils (secondary only) in 17/18. 
  • Ensure all chronic absentees (below 50% school attendance) have a lead professional, in school or in the targeted early help service
  • UPDATE March 2019 A clear process is in place that involves the Early Help team picking up cases and working with young people and families for 6-12 weeks, but there is not sufficient capacity in the city to work with children longer term in relation to chronic absence.
  • Development of a refreshed strategy for Alternative Provision that will support reintegration of KS3 pupils from The Harbour School back into mainstream secondary schools.
  • UPDATE March 2019 Alternative Provision Strategy developed with secondary heads and funding secured from DFE for 2 year pilot ‘Turnaround Project’. This is a short term (one academic year) including reintegration journey focused on the PACE model (playfulness, acceptance, curiosity, and empathy) to improve sustained reintegration of KS3 pupils to mainstream education. Successful reintegration will be monitored by Harbour School and Local Authority. A scorecard is in place and monitored by the Inclusion Group. Project will be externally evaluated. A wider range of alternative provision is now available which should also help schools to access specialist provision and there is an ongoing dialogue with schools in relation to commissioning these services
  • Work of the Virtual School to ensure all looked after children (LAC)
    have a Personal Education Plan in place and that schools are challenged and supported if attendance falls and exclusions rise, including targeted use of the LAC Pupil Premium grant. The Virtual School introduced ‘Welfare Call’ last year which provides up to date, daily information on LAC attendance.
  • UPDATE March 2019 Portsmouth retain 100% of Looked After Children Pupil Premium – some of this funds the ‘Virtual School’. All children looked after by the local authority (LAC) have a termly Personal Education Plan (Early Years, SEND and school age). This is developed with the young person (their views are captured even if they do not attend), the education provider, foster carer/parent, social worker, and education caseworker. All Post 16 students have a termly personal opportunity plan (POP). This includes those EET and NEET to ensure that a supportive plan is in place. At both meetings, a clear action plan is completed with targets for English and Maths, attendance (if under 96%) as well as enrichment and social emotional support. Additional targets will be created to meet the specific needs of each young person. Attendance, exclusions and use of reduced timetables are monitored and the Virtual School caseworkers are proactive in ensuring timely meetings with clear outcomes and targets set to improve areas of concern. Exclusions are challenged where deemed in appropriate and all schools are actively encouraged to find alternative strategies instead of exclusions for our LAC cohort. Where we have concerns about a particular provider, these are shared with the PCC exclusion manager so follow up work can be completed. New software ‘Welfare Call’ means staff are instantly aware if LAC is absent and also facilitate the EPEP and EPOP processes described above. There are still challenges around exclusion and attendance of LAC. Pupil premium is managed through the termly PEP and requests are presented via a monthly panel (chaired by the Virtual school with a foster carer and school representative). This is an individual need led system. This was internally audited in November and judged to be outstanding. The most common use of this additional funding is one to one tuition, social emotional support, trips and enrichment activities but all requests are carefully considered.
  • Work with schools to identify and record hate crime
  • UPDATE March 2019 In the past, schools in Portsmouth were required to complete a statutory return for every racist incident. This requirement has been replaced by and online reporting form with associated guidance. Work across Hampshire and IOW on-going to devise a new ‘prejudicial language and behaviours’ reporting tool (for all protected characteristics) which will allow information to be shared centrally with the LA and inform actions. Consultation with young people via Hampshire’s existing ‘Equalities Advocates’ – looking to extend, expand or develop these, possibly locally. Also survey for pupil voice – feedback and national research already tells us that teachers are not always challenging / responding appropriately. Production of a parents’ leaflet (also suitable for clubs, community groups) – concerning appropriate / inappropriate language use. Conference planned for October 15th 2019 to share materials with city schools and build capacity in schools.

Self-Help and Early Intervention 

The Early Help and Prevention Service, which includes health visitors, staff from the Family Nurse Partnership and school nurses, provide a lead professional service for all children aged 0–19. Services are delivered in family homes, schools and from six family hubs which also provide behaviour management help and activities delivered by Homestart Volunteers.

We also work with the family to develop an ‘Early Help Plan’ in order to address the problems identified and improve outcomes. The service provides a wide range of practical help, for example getting children back to school and attending regularly. We will also:

  • Establish the Targeted Health Visiting service (called ECHO) to work intensively with children and families who are most at risk of poor outcomes.
  • UPDATE March 2019 In place – and working with 710 families (January 19). An evaluation of the targeted service has been set up with Southampton University. 
  • Continue to adapt the Family Nurse Partnership programme in line with national requirements to make sure more of our vulnerable teenage parents are able to benefit from the programme.
  • UPDATE March 2019 Portsmouth is one of 10 national pilot sites focusing on different elements of the Family Nurse Partnership programme that works with young parents. Portsmouth focus is on safeguarding and neglect and will identify improvements in service delivery
  • Launch the Early Years and Child Care Strategy to integrate our early years settings further with early help for children aged 0–5 year and schools to improve outcomes when measured at Year R. UPDATE March 2019 Strategy launched in September 2018. Families on ECHO are linked with the nurseries they will attend to improve longer term outcomes in year R. Joint assessments (Health Visiting and Nurseries) are also being undertaken in order to deliver appropriate activities for 2/3 year olds in relation to speech and language, and social and emotional skills. This takes longer but will save time later
  • Develop the Behaviour Management approach more widely across the city by engaging wider partners in the delivery of this.
  • UPDATE March 2019 New multi-agency group established (Social and Emotional Health Group) that includes parenting and behaviour management.
  • Develop the offer from family hubs to include volunteer-run groups for parents of teenagers.
  • UPDATE March 2091 Homestart are now delivering ‘Parent Buddies’ in Family Hubs across the city (Landport, Buckland, Somerstown, Milton, Paulsrgove and Northern Parade). This is an open access parenting advice service supporting parents to build networks and skills
  • Continue to develop the Dadzclub offer from Family Hubs and other community venues which engages all male carers in a variety of innovative and positive ways to support their children.
  • UPDATE March 2019 Dadzclub has been funded by the PCC Transformation fund and provides groups for dads and male carers through the Family Hubs. Big Lottery funding has been secured to sustain and develop this further. Parenting courses are being delivered targeted at Dads in the city as part of the parenting offer.
  • Review the early help offer for children and young people aged 5–19 years to make sure that the right children and families are being seen and the most effective interventions are being provided.
  • UPDATE March 2019 A review took place of the Early Help offer in September 2018. Main focus on numbers of families who stepped up to social care from Early Help. As a result, social workers are being recruited for 1 year to help with management of risk across early help to reduce families needing social care involvement.
  • Continue to develop the Team Around the Worker approach through Early Help and the Multi-Agency Locality Teams to reduce referrals and improve the offer to families.
  • UPDATE March 2019 Plans are being discussed to develop the MATS through the Stronger Futures Early Help Board and increase the number of services who offer Team Around the Worker.
  • Embed the Health Related Absence project delivered through School Nursing in all schools to reduce health-related absences.
  • UPDATE March 2019 Piloting new approach in 10 schools across the city from September 2018. Schools that have engaged are noticing progress in relation to health related absence. On-going work to engage all schools. Levels of absence attributed to sickness will be monitored as a KPI of project.
  • Continue to embed Restorative Approach through all of the Early Help services
  • UPDATE 2019 Ongoing training is being provided and implementation is audited as part of the Early Help quality assurance programme.
  • Increase awareness of the Troubled Families programme to embed whole-family, early help working and increase revenue as a result back into Portsmouth City.
  • UPDATE March 2019 Increased numbers of attachments and Payment By Results claims have been made as part of this programme.