Adolescents in and on the edge of care, have complex, often interrelated, needs and face a wide range of risk factors. For many, their home life is complex and challenging and this has a negative impact on their ability to achieve the positive outcomes they desire. This can leave them in need of support from a range of different agencies. However, the demarcation of services and responsibilities across public service providers currently prevents a shared and consistent approach to supporting young people.
The CAS (Community Adolescent Service) model centred on two multidisciplinary hub teams, using a social pedagogy/relationship-based approach and a single, integrated ‘family plan’. This was guided by a range of core principles. The innovation aimed to create a single referral process, key worker and family plan. The project looked to deliver active participation for young people, at all stages of design and implementation. Furthermore, the service was multi-disciplinary with a shared vision and evidence-based practice, underpinned by training in social pedagogy and restorative practice methods.
Sefton Council have committed to developing many of the features of the project in a sustainably funded CAS service.
Trish Galloway, Service Manager for Sefton Community Adolescent Service
Karen Bryan, Team Manager
Children’s Social Care
Merseyside Probation Service