As well as employing Social Workers in our Teams in the Safeguarding and Family Support Service, Social Workers are also located in our Early Help Hubs, Youth Justice and Youth Support Service and our Children with Complex Care Needs Teams
Our Safeguarding and Family Support Services
The Safeguarding and Family Support Service offers services and support to children young people and families who have reached the threshold for Children’s Social Care in order to promote the best outcomes for them.
The service is organised into the following teams and services.
Integrated Front Door/MASH Service
This is the referral route into Children’s Social Care which includes the MASH. It receives and deals with referrals from professionals and the public; making decisions about the level of concerns about a child and the appropriate responses.
Locality Safeguarding Teams
Eight Locality Social Work Teams are committed to providing relationship based social work which puts the child at the heart of all social work practice.
The service works with children in need, children subject to child protection plans and children who are subject to care proceedings and endeavours to ensure that all children receive the right level of intervention at the right time to improve outcomes for them.
Looked After Children (LAC) and Leaving Care
There are four Looked After Children’s Teams and one Leaving Care Team. The LAC and Leaving Care Services provide support for children and young people who are in or who are leaving the care of the Local Authority.
The LAC services are committed to achieving positive outcomes and aspirational life changes for children in care and through to adulthood.
The Fostering Service provides the recruitment, assessment and supervisory services to foster carers for Wakefield. They are committed to providing the highest quality local care for children and young people who are in the care of the Local Authority.
Wakefield has five Children’s Homes, three are judged as outstanding by Ofsted and two as good.
The homes provide care for children with disabilities, short breaks and shared care and two homes are for adolescents providing both short term and long term care.
Our Contact Team provides contact services for children in care and their families.
Edge of Care Team
The Edge of Care Team that provides intensive support to families at the point of crisis to prevent problems escalating and to avoid the need for children or young people to come into care.
Safeguarding and Standards Service
The Child Protection Review unit provides Child Protection Conferences and the Statutory Review Service for Children in Care
The Wakefield Safeguarding Children Board is supported by the WSCB Team.
Education and Inclusion
Children with Complex Care Needs Team
The Complex Care Needs Team is a generic social work team working with children and young people who have severe learning disabilities and profound and multiple learning disabilities and very complex medical needs.
This includes child protection work, safeguarding children and young people, court work, children who are in the care of the local authority, children placed for adoption, children in receipt of short breaks and children and young people going through the transitions process.
The team also works with non-disabled siblings who are at risk of significant harm.
The team is integrated with Adult Social Workers, supporting transition and planning into adulthood. The team works in line with the SEND reforms and work closely
Strategy and Commissioning
The Early Help Hubs offer support to families with children aged 0-19 (or 25 with SEND). The hubs are part of a wider district early help offer from partner agencies with the aim of working with families at the earliest opportunity to prevent issues escalating.
There are 4 teams across the district who offer ‘whole family’ support within dedicated hub centres, children’s centres and community centre venues.
Youth Justice and Youth Support Service
The Youth Justice Service and Youth Work Service support young people and their families who are identified to be at risk of poor outcomes.
This includes statutory case management of criminal justice orders as well as targeted prevention support programmes for other vulnerable groups, eg young carers or those with drug and alcohol difficulties.
The service also work with an all age client group as part of NHS England funded Liaison and Diversion Service across the Wakefield and Leeds area. The team is multi-disciplinary and includes professionals drawn from health, social care, youth work, education and the Police.