Inspire Community Support Services
All our support services offer 24 hours on call management support 365 days a year. Inspires team holds a wealth of experience with HCPC Registered Social Worker, Qualified Support Workers, Family Support Worker, Education & Forensic Psychologists, Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Voluntary Mentors, Ofsted Registered Managers, SFSC Parenting Programme Facilitators, CSE Champions
- Edge of Care Support and Intervention
- Working with Residential and Independent Fostering Agencies
- Supporting Step Down Placements High Level Intervention
- Non Secure Escort Services (Welfare, Contact, Education)
- Welfare Recovery (2 hour Rapid Response)
- Appropriate Adult
- Hospital Bed Watch
- Evidence Based Parenting Assessment and Interventions
- Family Support and Intervention
Supporting Step-Down Placements
Step-down Placements offer young people in or at risk of entering residential care the chance to live in a stable, nurturing home environment.
Inspire provide local authority Foster Placement and Independent Fostering Agencies (IFA) the support of cost-effective support to young people and their Foster Placement. This enables young people with repeated placement break downs a further opportunity of family life.
Inspire offer intensive 1:1 support, to foster placements to enable young people to step-down from residential to foster care and the overall goal of the potential of a return home.
Who would we support
Step-down Foster placements are for young people who are unable to be placed in mainstream fostering due to their individual complex needs. They are suitable for children with issues such as:
- Social, Emotional, Behavioural Difficulties
- Offending Behaviours
- History or current risk of CSE Related issues
- History or current risk of Drug, Substance or Alcohol misuse
- History or current risk of Self Injury Behaviours
- History or current risk of Harmful behaviours
- Mental health Needs
- Sibling Groups
Implementing our support
Our Social Workers, Support Workers and Management Team provides a wealth of experience, which has already evidenced positive outcomes for the young people to remain in a family setting placement. That’s why our team of social care professionals work closely with the foster placements to provide a holistic approach.
Our support packages are bespoke and will we will work to meet individual needs of each young person to assist in the step-down from residential care to foster care. We will also work on the same principles if young people have the opportunity of stepping down from Foster Care to return back to their birth or adoptive families.
Model of Support
Matching a young person with the right foster carer is essential to the success of a placement. Once a placement has been identified for a young person, we will then work with the local authority IFA, foster carers and other agencies to put the necessary care and support plans in place to meet the young person’s individual needs. We will also support any transition for a young person from their current placement to their new placement and where require attend any pre visits or planning meetings.
2) Initial Support
For the first 10 to 12 weeks of the young person step-down placement, the foster carer will receive 20 hours per week of support from our experienced social care team providing
- 2) Initial Support
- For the first 10 to 12 weeks of the young person step-down placement, the foster carer will receive 20 hours per week of support from our experienced social care team providing
Once the young person has adapted to their new environment, the foster carer will continue to receive up to 20 hours per week of further support focusing on areas of the young person individual risk and needs assessment this support would then be reviewed on a 2 to 4 week cycle.
At this stage, we expect most young people to be stable in their placement and are showing evidence of making progress. At this stage, our support can reduce or exit based on the risk and needs assessment of the young person.
We have our own internal recording and reporting systems in place to ensure all working practices promote the safeguarding and well-being of children and young people. We provide the highest levels of communication with the foster carers, young people and other working professionals. We will provide detailed weekly, monthly reports and a report for all Statutory LAC Reviews.
Our assessment tool allows our social care professionals to monitor and record the progress of the young person in all areas of need and development.
Edge of Care Support
A range of structures, boundaries including diversionary activities can be implemented based on individual needs. This will give the current care giver the confidence to implement strategies consistently for themselves to give the young person a safe environment and stability.
Within our High Support Intervention Service, we also work intensely with young people who have already experienced or are currently Looked After. Working with the Social Workers, Residential Workers or Foster Carers, Family members,Guardians, Education and other agencies. We are able through risk assessed Personal Support Plans and agreed time-scales, support young people in returning back to family or guardian/s. Our High Support Intervention Service is needs based and can be on a short, medium or long term basis.
An identified/matched Community/Family Support Worker will be assigned to the young person also offering 24/7 on call support to the young person and their families or guardians.
Inspire Community Services have already evidenced excellent outcomes for young people using this type high level of support & intervention and have a proven track record with a high percentage of success. This cost effective intervention has already given young people the opportunity and confidence to live at home in a safe, crisis free environment.
Inspire Community Service is committed to working with local authorities and their partners to help troubled and complex families in England to turn their lives around. Inspire Community Service want to ensure that all Children and young people in these families have the chance of a better life, and at the same time bringing down cost to the public sector.
As part of the Inspire Community Services will work with local authorities to:
- Get children and young people back into Education or Training
- Reduce youth crime and anti-social behaviour
- Put adults on a path back to work
- Work with all professional and police to reduce any CSE related issues
- Reduce the risk of children and young people becoming Looked After (LAC)
- Reduce the high costs for the public sector
Work with families in ways to show effective practice, such as:
- Joining up local services
- Dealing with each family’s problems using a whole family approach rather than responding to each problem, or person, separately
- Appointing a single Key Worker to get to build a professional working relationship with the families problems and work intensively with them to change their lives for the better for the long term
- Using a mix of methods and evidence based pro-active that support families and challenge poor behaviour
- Working with Parents and families with young people having the opportunity to return home under the placement to parent regulations or care leavers
The Contract/Support Plan
This Contract/Support Plan will be regularly reviewed.
The Contract/Support Plan is agreed and signed by agencies that attend the meetings for the families. It states how things are expected to change, how this will be done and what may happen if you do not keep to the agreement. The Contact/Support Plan will be reviewed every 4-6 weeks.
Evidence Based Parenting Assessment and Interventions
Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families (DOH 2000)
Common Assessment Framework (CAF)
The Common Assessment Framework is a standardised process to help practitioners at Inspire Community Services assess children’s additional needs, develop a common understanding of those needs and agree a process for working together to meet those needs. This process can promote early intervention and help identify if support from additional services may be needed.
The Common Assessment Framework is a shared assessment and planning framework for use across all children’s services and all local areas in England.
The Common Assessment:
- Helps to identify the child or young person’s needs
- Provides a structure for recording information
- Helps to identify what actions need to be taken to address the identified needs
- Can be shared with consent
- Can support requests to other services, as information will be evidence-based
- Provides a common form of assessment which will be familiar across children and young people’s services
- Reduces duplication for practitioners
- Reduces multiple assessments for young people and their families
Who is the CAF for?
In the case of youth support, the CAF can be used with young people up to the age of 19, and up to the age of 24 where a young person has a learning difficulty or disability.
Child Protection Concerns
Pre Birth Assessments
Family group conferencing (FGC)
Families, including extended family members are assisted by an independent family group conference coordinator to prepare for the meeting. At the first part of the meeting, social workers and other professionals set out their concerns and what support could be made available. In the second part of the meeting family members then meet on their own to make a plan for the child. The family should be supported to carry out the plan, unless it is not safe.
Read more about the family group conference process.
Three quarters of local authorities In England and Wales currently run or commission family group conferences for children in their area or are planning to do so. However, only a small minority of councils routinely offer families a family group conference before a young child is taken into care.
Core Assessments/Statutory Visits
Inspire Community Services Child Contact Work
We co-ordinate the exchange of communication between parents and children in circumstances where no direct contact arrangements exist.
We facilitate contact between parents and children by providing a safe and warm environment. This involves the provision of a room and co-ordinating ‘drop off’- ‘pick up’ from a neutral point.
We actively supervise contact between children and parents as directed by the courts.
Assessed Contact We undertake structured assessments of contact to inform and assist the local authority in assessments and decision making.
Direct Work with Children Programmes.
Inspire Community Services skilled and experienced professionals provide ‘direct’ work programmes with children and young people including ‘Life Story’, ‘Wishes & Feelings’ and ‘Preparation for Contact’ work. These programmes typically involve 5 or 6 x 1 hour sessions although we are guided by the child’s response to the sessions and programme timescales can therefore vary in length.
Life Story Work.
‘Life story work’ can help children make sense of their past, gain a balanced understanding of their present and, as an ongoing process, plan for a healthy & stable future. It is a valuable process in enabling children/young people to feel connected with significant people and places, their family of origin and their heritage.
The production of a life story book means that information can be conveyed to the child/young person at appropriate times throughout their lives, exploring changing perspectives as different issues arise or Resurface. It can also encourage the child/ young person and future carers to continue adding information. Inspire Community Services uses skilled staff and a range of materials and resources to undertake life story work and produce life story books.
Wishes & Feelings Work
Children often find it difficult to express their genuine ‘wishes and feelings’ when there are issues relating to contact, residence and other areas in their lives. When conflict exists between parents, these issues become increasingly difficult for children and their views can become suppressed, distorted or simply ignored. Our ‘wishes & feelings’ programme assists children and young people to explore their circumstances and articulate their wishes with clarity and in a child friendly environment. We employ a range of age appropriate tools to help children work through any dilemmas and obstacles they face in expressing themselves.
Preparation for Contact Work.
Children sometimes experience long periods of absence from their parents due to matrimonial disputes. They frequently experience extreme anxiety when plans are made concerning a resumption of contact with absent parents. Our Preparation for Contact’ programme helps to prepare children accordingly and will help to promote the relationship, reduce anxiety and clarify future contact arrangements with the child.
We provide detailed sessional / court reports and attend court hearings for evidence purposes as required. We are registered with the ‘Data Protection’ Agency (Information Commissioners Office). ICO Registration ZA041242
Diversionary Activities for Children and Young People
Inspire Community Services have established partnerships and links with the Young People Services in many local authorities. Some children and young people with the instability in their family life, this can often impact on their confidence and self-esteem, making them feel isolated and excluded in the community.
Inspire Community Services through direct work and consultation with their family Key Worker, will support and motivate children and young people to access appropriate diversionary activities, that they have an interest in or look at trying something new.
If a child or young person’s interest is something unique, Inspire Community Service will endeavour, if appropriate to promote these interests and work with local agencies/organisations/Services to achieve.
Our Relationship with Families
At Inspire Community Services we make the following set of commitments to all families we support:
- To treat every family with dignity and respect at all times
- To be honest and open with you
- To work in partnership with you – making sure you are at the centre of decision making.
- To treat all families with respect and treat people equally. We will not tolerate people being treated differently because of their race, religion, culture, gender, sexuality or because they have a disability or seen as ‘different’
- To be flexible and prepared to change your support plan as your needs change
- To be professional and work with others to provide you with the best possible service
- Inspire Community Services support their staff, to make sure they are properly trained and get appropriate support and supervision
The consent form which families will be asked to sign before working with us gives us permission to speak to other agencies involved in the family’s case.
A whole family assessment between the family and your Key Worker – will be confidential to Inspire Community Services and the social worker/Independent Reviewing Officer involved, only the recommendations will be shared with other agencies.
The Contract – details will be shared between other agencies at the review meetings who have an input onto work with the family. Information will be given on a ‘need to know’ basis. However, information may be shared without your consent form both the Contract/Support Plan if it is felt there is any risk to other people, agencies or the family.
In addition it is important for you to be aware of the following points
- Files kept secure locked and our confidentiality policy is strictly observed.
- All workers are required to share all information with the Inspire Community Services management team
We have extremely high standards and to ensure we always meet them we have commissioned Services specialists Magnolia Associates to provide us with consultancy based services. The two consultants assigned to us have significant experience in the child care sector and support us in a number of key areas:
- Service Reviews
- Regulation Checks, Inspections & Reports
- Policy review
- Consultation with service users, professionals and stakeholders
Access to personal files will be permitted for the purpose of monitoring and evaluating the scheme. The referring local authority may check to make sure we are doing the work we say we are. Please be aware that auditors will be allowed access to your file for this purpose. Please let us know if you are not happy about this.
Inspire, works in partnership with local authorities to provide a rapid response to local Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) teams in order to keep children who are at risk, safe whilst in hospital. Some of the support we are able to support could be young people who have been admitted due to self-injury or attempts on their life. Positive interactions, regular observation, monitoring, and maintaining records are all included within our hospital support. 1:1 or 2:1 staffing ratios are provided to meet individual needs in line with guidance from the CAMHS team.
Inspire also provide local authorities to provide staff support on maternity wards or Home Labours offering 24 hours close observations, monitoring and maintaining of records, whilst assessments are undertaken by the relevant professionals. Within these package we will also provide the commission authority a written report of all collated observations, which may be used to contribute to any further professional reports or records.
Expierenced Transport & Escort Services
- Competent & reliable drivers
- Fully Insured
- Full Break down cover
- First Aid Kit on board
- Regularly maintained
- Less than 3 years old
- Cleaned regularly
- Activities for various children ages
- Suitable Locking Systems
- Mobile Phones and Hands-free kits
- Navigation Systems
Inspire offer a range of Non Secure welfare transport services, by our experienced and dedicated team of drivers and supporting escorts.
Our transport services can be commissioned as one off pieces of work or we welcome repeated work on a longer term contract basis. 24 hour, 365 days a year.
To make a referral please contact us, you will need to complete a referral form and complete a risk assessment with all commissioned services. We can then determine if our service can meet the needs of the individual.
email@example.com or Tel:08450-740475 Out Of Hours Tel:07588656222
- Inspires cost effective service
- 2 Hour Rapid Response in Yorkshire and the North West of England
- 1:1, 2:1, 3:1 Support
- Court Appointments
- Police Stations
- Escort unaccompanied minors
- Prison Contact
- Welfare Recovery
- Collection and Drop Off
- To and From Residential Care
- Education Transport Services (Are able to take young people directly into education)
Compliments and Complaints
We are always looking to improve our services if we can. We welcome all comments and suggestions both positive and negative. These can be made either directly to our staff or the manager, who will try to resolve any problems.
If you are not satisfied with the service you are getting from Inspire Community Services, you can make a complaint in person, by telephone or in writing, to the Principal Director at Ground Floor, 121 Church Street, St Helens, WA10 1AJ
Referrals - Who Can Refer To The Service?
Referrals to Inspire Community Services are encouraged from any statutory or voluntary agencies that are aware of a family that meet our referral criteria. While we cannot always guarantee we will offer everyone referred to Inspire Community Services a service we will do our best to let you know as soon as possible.
It is also important to say that the organisation that has made the referral or enquired about our services will have a big say in whether we can proceed or not.
To make a referral or for more information please contact us on:
firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel:08450-740475