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Re-Launch of Bolton’s Framework for Action

Today, 3 October 2014 see’s the re-launch of Bolton’s Framework for Action. At a launch event this morning over 80 delegates from a range of organisations and services learned about the key changes within the framework.

While the ethos and many of the processes underpinning the Framework remain, there have been some key changes and additions including:-

  • Language updated to be accessible and to reflect national guidance, for example CAF replaced by Early Help Assessment
  • Additional guidance for action meetings has been developed
  • Processes for ‘Step Up/Down’ are explained in more to ensure ‘seamless’ support for children, this includes time of transition within or between services
  • Clear descriptions and expectations about including children and their families in the process
  • Inclusion of flow charts to outline Early Help and Child Protection processes
  • Ending use of the ‘Single Service Referral Form’

Delegates also had the opportunity to consider how we can better evidence how Early Help makes a difference. They considered what quantative information needs to be collected across Bolton, as well as how we can make better use of ‘Early Help Quality Assurance’ tools.

The revised Framework for Action is now live and all those who work directly or indirectly with children and their families should ensure they download a copy today and ensure they make it part of their work.  Get a copy here