West Berkshire Council

Family Safeguarding Model

Our New Ways of Working

Following a grant from the Department for Education's Innovation Programme West Berkshire Council is rolling out Hertfordshire's ground-breaking Family Safeguarding model (which achieved a significant reduction in the number of children with child protection plans) bringing together a co-located, multi-agency teams.

Our Vision

As the Family Safeguarding Teams our contribution to West Berkshire Children and Family Services vision is to build positive relationships with children and families, whilst ensuring that the voice of children and young people is heard and acted upon.

CFS - Family Safeguarding Logo (small)
CFS - Family Safeguarding Logo (small)

We aim to empower and promote sustainable change within families but when this is not possible, ensure children have more timely and improved outcomes in relation to their placements and overall wellbeing.

Multi-agency working

Our Family Safeguarding Teams are multi-disciplinary in order to address the issues that place children at risk of harm. They compromise of:

- Children and Family Team Managers and Assistant Team Managers

- Social Workers and Family Support Workers

- Substance Misuse Workers

- Domestic Abuse Workers

- Mental Health Workers

- access to Clinical Psychologists

The Family Safeguarding Teams work with the children and families of West Berkshire who are in need of support or who are at risk.

What do the Family Safeguarding Team do?

This Family Safeguarding Service support families using a technique called Motivational Interviewing which is designed to empower parents to accept the help on offer to overcome their challenges and achieve better outcomes for their children.

The Family Safeguarding Teams are statutory social work teams working with children, young people and their families who are:

- in need of support

- in need of protection

- subject to legal proceedings

- in need of being cared for by alternative carer

Within Care Proceedings, supervised contact is sometimes required, and this is also managed by the team.

See more information in our pdf icon Family Safeguarding Model Storyboard [782kb].

pdf icon See our Family Safeguarding Model on a page. [1Mb]


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