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Building My Future Programme

Project start date: January 2020

Ealing received up to £1.6m to develop/test early identification and targeted interventions developed from the Intensive Therapeutic Short Break Service model. Interventions are co-produced with families and young people aged 11 to 25 years, who may have learning difficulties and autism or both, & behaviour that challenges and/or a mental health condition.

Project Summary


Ealing faces a number of challenges which impact on the effectiveness of support. Rising demand and costs are leading to increased budget pressures. Current responses across all agencies are fragmented and not sufficiently young person and family centred. This results in early warning signs being missed meaning interventions are often at a late and costly stage.
Building My Future (BMF) will test a creative, evidence based approach, co-produced with young people and families. It will develop a model and a supporting targeting tool that has the potential to be shared nationally to improve practice in the area.

BMF is structured in 4 phases from September 2017 to August 2019. It will consist of a number of elements. Firstly, it will expand an existing, locally developed, best practice model, the Intensive Therapeutic Short Break Service (ITSBS). Currently, this model is used with young people in special schools, but will be expanded to work with children in mainstream schools. The use of the ITSB service will be targeted towards young people with learning disabilities and/or autism within the mainstream school structure. Secondly, a Risk of Escalation Tool will be developed to identify those who meet the criteria for the programme. Additionally, a multi-professional team (BMF Core Team) with a wide skills including youth work, advocacy, mentoring and family therapy will be available to tackle the full range of presenting issues in an intensive and holistic way. The BMF Core Team will also be supported by the BMF Virtual Team (Youth Service, Connexions, YOS services) to support successful transition towards independent living.

Outcomes: Young People & Families: young people receive support at an earlier stage; more responsive service with young people and parents feeling supported; reduction in family breakdown; and successful transition to independent living
Outcomes: Local Authority Skilled confident workforce; reduction in school breakdown, NEET, crime & youth justice involvement; LAC prevention and out of borough placement, and budget savings through reduction in specialist placements as a result of BMF interventions.

These will reduce the risk of residential and day special education placements, improve health and mental health outcomes and enable successful transitions to adulthood.

Project contact details

Marcella Phelan

Assistant Director – Planning & Partnerships

Debbie Grey

Assistant Director – Ealing Service for Children with Additional Needs (ESCAN)

Project evaluators

Cordis Bright

Project partners

Ealing CCG, WLMHT (CAMHS), Ealing MENCAP, Council for Disabled Children, National Autistic Society, Ealing High School Heads, Ealing Parent Carer Forum, Metropolitan Police, Ealing H & WL College, Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT), Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT)

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