Following detailed partner engagement and endorsement of the LSCB, the reviewed iART criteria goes live as of today – 2nd October 2018. The reviewed iART criteria aligns with the well-established Cheshire West and Chester Continuum of Need and outlines the role of the Integrated Access and Referral Team (iART) as follows:
1) To receive evidence based referrals for children in need of social work led intervention because there is a risk of significant harm to a child.
2) To provide advice on request for cases at Partnership Plus on the continuum of need where a TAF is not achieving outcomes or the case is on the point of escalating to enable a package of support from Early Help and Prevention Service (formerly IES).
3) To receive and respond to statutory notifications.
This means that in the absence of an early help assessment (Team Around the Family being recommended and progressed) and an evidenced based referral which is supported by the use of an LSCB endorsed assessment tool, contacts will not be accepted into iART, with the exception of those that clearly meet threshold for statutory social work intervention.
The expectation is that professionals work with families to offer evidence based early support at the earliest opportunity.
During September a number of iART Briefings were held to share the above information in more detail and to demonstrate the New Multi-Agency Referral Form (MARF) which is now live and can be accessed via the Report a Concern page on our website. The new MARF is more user friendly, has the facility to be saved as a PDF document once completed, and makes the attachment of evidence based assessment tools simple. This new MARF seeks to support the reviewed criteria and responds to the detailed partner feedback provided over the last 9 months.
If you missed the opportunity to attend a briefing session another one is being arranged on Tuesday 16th October 2018 at 2pm -3:30pm. (Venue will be confirmed). Please contact Penny.Jeffery@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk to request a place.