The Family Safeguarding Model was originally designed by Hertfordshire County Council to tackle the challenges around Children’s Safeguarding, in particular the compounding factors to risk of harm known as the ‘toxic trio’ (domestic abuse, substance misuse and mental health).
The aim of the model is to support Children’s Social Workers in tackling these risk factors through multi-disciplinary teams that can work with the adults in the family alongside the Children’s Social Workers and make the job a ‘doable role’.
Luton was successful in their innovation bid to be one of four new authorities to implement the Family Safeguarding Model, starting the implementation in May 2017. This funding amounted to £2.6m however it was ring-fenced to implement the practice model only.
Following Luton’s successful bid we formally launched the Family Safeguarding Model with partners and providers on 27th November 2017. A programme was set up to deliver the Family Safeguarding Model in Children’s Social Work Services and there are a number of workstream’s in place to implement the model in Luton.
Family Safeguarding Webpage
The Family Safeguarding Webpage is now live and can be accessed on the Luton website or by clicking on this link.
The webpage has been designed to provide a background on what the Family Safeguarding Model is and the changes people can expect in Luton.
People can also access key materials including the Family Safeguarding Parents Leaflet, the Professionals Leaflet and the e-updates.
Training – Motivational Interviewing
Motivational Interviewing (MI) provides a single approach framework across Luton. We have incorporated MI into the Core Training Programme for Luton staff with quarterly courses to be run. All adult workers will also be trained on MI. This way of working will ensure no matter where people access services, they will receive the same approach from Luton and partner agency staff.
Recruitment of Adult Workers
The recruitment of adult workers is headed up by our partner agencies with help and support from Luton HR teams:
• BeNCH – Probation Officers
• CGL – Substance Misuse Recovery Workers
• ELFT – Mental Health Workers and Clinical Psychologist
Recruitment of adult workers is underway and interviews have taken place for the Substance Misuse Recovery Workers, Probation Officers and Mental health Practitioners.
To date we have successfully appointed:
• A Drug and Alcohol Recovery Worker and Senior Recovery Worker, who will be starting at the end of January 2018.
• Two Probation Officers and a Senior Probation Worker, who will be starting at the end of February 2018.
• A Senior Mental Health Practitioner, start date to be confirmed.
The formal Evaluation of the Family Safeguarding Model has begun in Luton. York Consulting are completing this work as part of the DfE Programme.
Recruitment of Adult Workers will continue to ensure all posts are filled and sufficient resource is available. Once the Adult Workers are in place the multi-disciplinary teams can progress with embedding the model and practices through co-ordinated and direct work with families.
Starting Solids parent’s sessions being delivered at Flying Start Children Centres
Starting solids is an important time for setting a child’s taste preferences and eating behaviours. The timing of introducing solids is also important, with early weaning (before 6 months) associated with a higher risk of obesity.
Starting solids information sessions for parents are now being delivered in Flying Start Children’s Centres. These 1.5 hour sessions run every 4-6 weeks in each Flying Start neighbourhood. A visual aid has been developed by Flying Start and the dietetics team to support the delivery of these sessions. This 40 page resource provides a visual guide for parents on what, when and how to introduce solid foods. It includes all the evidence based guidelines for feeding from starting solid foods until the first year of life.
The sessions are aimed at parents with babies 3-6 months that have not yet started on solids. For times and locations of upcoming Starting solids sessions visit: https://www.flyingstartluton.com/parent/parenting-programmes/starting-solids/
For further information contact Louise Morrissey, Flying Start Diet and Nutrition Lead at firstname.lastname@example.org
Children’s Centre update for FS newsletter January 2018
A whole year has passed since children’s centres in Luton were remodelled into four Flying Start neighbourhoods. Our teams are now well established and delivering a wide range of services to support families with children five and under living in Luton.
We have recently carried out an exercise to provide new signs at each of the main Flying Start Children’s Centre buildings.
Look out for our new bright signs when you next visit a children’s centre
A new brochure has been produced that gives details of the activities and parenting courses available at our children’s centres. You can pick up a brochure from your local children’s centre or have a look at it online at
Timetables with details of all the services offered by Luton’s Flying Start Children’s Centres (FSCC) can be found on our website:
A Flying Start Children’s Centre Advisory Board has been established and meets quarterly. It brings together a wide range of partner agencies to offer support, advice and challenge to the Flying Start Children’s Centres, and receives reports about progress and impact of services.
In addition to the Luton-wide Advisory Board we have also established four FSCC Community Partnerships. These provide a forum for parents, representatives from local communities and partners from local organisations to work together, to respond to local needs and influence the delivery of local services. Each of the four FSCC neighbourhoods in Luton has a FSCC Community Partnership and the first meetings took place in November 2017.
We are very keen to find out what Luton parents think about the services they access at our Flying Start Children’s Centres. To listen to as many views as possible, we will be running an on-line survey in February and March 2018 to find out how satisfied parents/carers are with services provided by Luton’s Flying Start Children’s Centre. Look out for the on-line survey on the Consultations page of the Luton Borough Council website. We will publish a link to the survey once it is live. We want to get as many children’s centre users as possible to complete the survey and provide us with feedback which will help us to understand what services parents and children value and enable to make adjustments to services where needed.
Flying Start conference 2017 – building family resilience
Over 120 professionals attended the Flying Start’s Conference in November 2017 which focused on building family resilience and Flying Start outcomes. The event was opened by Stephanie Cash – Flying Start Service Manager, who recapped for delegates the journey Flying Start has been on since its inception in June 2014. Steph reported that Flying Start is now seen by professionals as a well-recognised partnership within Luton, and also recognised as a brand by parents. This has been enhanced since children’s centres delivery in Luton became part of Flying Start in January 2017.
The informative day had presentations from a range of key partners who work closely with Flying Start with the shared ambition to improve children’s outcomes from pregnancy to five.
One of conference key note speakers was Trevor Holden, Chief Executive Luton Council, who set the scene with his presentation on the Luton Investment Framework. Trevor highlighted the importance of Flying Start in establishing the foundation for all Luton’s children to reap the longer term benefits from the inward investment into Luton for a prosperous future. Our second Key Note Speaker was George Hosking, Chief Executive of the WAVE Trust, who led on the influential 1001 critical days. George’s thought provoking presentation called Resilience: what builds it, what destroys it, and what to do about it was informative and challenging. George presented the evidence about the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences in the context of preventative work.
Conference presentations focused across the three Flying Starts outcome areas. Delegates were provided with information on the implementation of the wide range of interventions and services being delivered through Flying Start. These included: Me Time Family; Community Dental Health Services; Health Visiting use of Five to Thrive in practice with families; supporting inter parental couple’s relationships in the antenatal period; the implementation of the pilot project Baby Talk with the Anna Freud Centre and the implementation of HENRY (Healthy Eating and Nutrition in the Really Young). In addition, Professor Gurch Randhawa from the University of Bedfordshire spoke on the importance of evaluation, and Dr Rosemary Davidson presented early findings from one of the initiative Luton developed interventions delivered in early year’s settings – Sign 4 Little Talkers.
Flying Start Children Centres staff provided a wonderful insight into their work and used case studies to demonstrate the delivery of universal and targeted work they deliver to families across the town. The event was also interspersed with service user’s feedback explaining the value of the parenting courses being offered in our Children’s Centre and at Steppingstones.
Following an interactive exercise aimed at understanding the impact on life chances of poor early language and communication, delegates were asked to make their 2017 pledge. These pledges will be reviewed and presented at the next Flying Start conference – date to be confirmed!
Delegates were able to visit a range of market stalls including Flying Start parenting programmes, Safe at Home, Luton CCG’s Urgent Care avoidance, Oral Health, Health Watch along with many others.
To see the powerpoint presentations from the day, please contact email@example.com
Feedback quotes from delegates
• Just a quick note to say that I attended the conference yesterday and to commend all the great work that is being done. There was a real sense of collective ownership and commitment from CE through to individual services, and that evaluation is built in and already some positive outcomes. George Hosking’s talk on resilience and ACE set the scene and all could see how ACE is threaded through the services and programs. Dr Barbara Paterson- Deputy Director Health and Wellbeing Public Health England
• I just wanted to say how professional, well organised and informative yesterday’s conference was. It made me feel really proud to work for Luton and to be a partner within the Flying Start strategy. Thanks for all your hard work and continued aspirations for the people of Luton. Please thank your team for making the day such a success. Merielle James- Luton Adult Learning
Thank you for inviting me to introduce myself in your newsletter.
I joined Cambridgeshire Community Services as Head of Luton Children’s and Young People’s Community Health Services in May. The chance to work in this hugely diverse borough with its transient population and deprivation offered a challenging opportunity which I was delighted to take. Since coming to Luton, I have found that the community attracts an incredibly committed workforce. I have been inspired by the innovative approaches our Health Visiting team and the Children’s Centres are developing together for the borough’s young children.
Stephanie Cash has been particularly welcoming and would like to thank her for her support and introductions. I am looking forward to working with her to allow our teams to develop a further integrated approach to delivering services for our children.
I began my nursing career in London starting at University College Hospital before Specialising in Children’s at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, where I worked in intensive care. I then worked in the community in Paddington at a time when a large proportion of the local population were in temporary housing. Many families were recent migrants and asylum seekers and the population was in many ways similar to that in Luton.
Before taking my new role in Luton, I had worked for Hertfordshire for twenty five years where I set up a Children’s Community Nursing Service, undertook several specialist roles taught at the University and had a commissioning appointment. I was recently Head of Specialist Services for Children (Hertfordshire Community Trust).
I have really enjoyed my first six months in Luton where we have where we have a fantastic opportunity to accelerate integrated working with the coterminous boundaries with Health and the l council. I look forward to meeting more of you in the coming months.