Case studies – good practice in Somerset

Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership has a statutory duty to co-ordinate how agencies work together to safeguard and promote the well-being of children and young people in Somerset and to ensure the effectiveness of the safeguarding arrangements.  An important part of this is offering professionals and organisations working with families the opportunity to reflect on the quality of their services and learn from their own practice and that of others.  Examples of partnership work with families which has achieved good outcomes for children are shared below so that there is a growing understanding of what works well.

Link Key features of case
pdfAlfie Adolescent, knife crime, truancy, restorative justice (RJ)
pdf Mackenzie Bereavement, sexual abuse, CIN, continuity of practitioners
pdf Kelley Non-accidental injury, CIN, pre-birth protocol, lead professional
pdf Jasmine Pre-birth assessment, teenage pregnancy, persistence of staff, role of father
pdf TUSK May 2017 1. Baby with CIN plan, special guardianship order, mental health

2. Early help assessment, domestic abuse

pdf Family Group Conference Family Group Conference (FGC), Domestic abuse, substance misuse, mental health, overcrowding
pdf Clarke Family Strengths-based approach, learning disability, SEND, domestic abuse, step down, Safeguarding Consultation Line

Some of the factors identified in these learning reviews that contributed to good outcomes are:

  • Practitioners having a clear understanding of other workers’ roles and responsibilities
  • Using a strength based approach to work with the family
  • Use of signs of safety scaling
  • Supervision being used to encourage professional curiosity
  • Shared pride amongst practitioners
  • Good communication between all parties
  • Good use of community resources as well as professionals to support the family
  • Persistence of staff
  • Maintaining continuity of service… and being flexible to meet the needs of the family
  • Keeping children’s voices and experiences at the fore
  • Keeping siblings together, and working for permanence
  • Appropriate use of parallel planning
  • Making efforts to understand the experience and views of children who cannot engage verbally
  • Respectful and non-judgmental engagement with the father
  • Creating a plan based on a thorough assessment of strengths and risks
  • Chair keeping the focus on children at child protection conferences, and also enabling everyone to participate
  • Effective joint working
  • Professional focus on the children rather than being distracted by adult needs
  • Staff awareness / implementation of key policies – for example resolving professional differences, unborn baby protocol
  • Staff accessing training and being aware of the lessons learnt from case reviews