Derby City Council supports people in crisis with innovative new scheme

Derby City Council is the first council to introduce a revolutionary approach to how they administer discretionary payments and awards. The Single Discretionary Award (SDA) Scheme has been introduced to combine three separate discretionary financial awards, Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP), Local Assistance Scheme (LAS) and Council Tax Hardship (CTH). This along with caseworker intervention supports[…]

Shropshire’s ‘whole family’ approach gets to the heart of early intervention service delivery

Across Shropshire, partners are using E-CINS to work together and share relevant information. The multi-agency approach, the training that has been undertaken, the engagement with schools and the partnership with health is assisting the process of service transformation and changing the culture of the way people work. Empowering-Communities’ Heather Ette spoke to Kay Smallbone, Troubled[…]

A multi-agency approach to Child Sexual Exploitation

5% of 11–17 year olds have experienced Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). This equates to around 50 children in every secondary school in England and Wales. To combat this, the Government recently published its “Tackling CSE Progress Report”, which sets out a range of measures introduced since 2015. Statistics are encouraging: 1’000 more offenders were convicted[…]

How Northamptonshire Police are reducing school exclusions

Every year around 5’000 young people are excluded from school. Many of these turn to crime and only 15% return to mainstream education. In an effort to intervene earlier, Northamptonshire Police are collaborating with local schools to keep young people within the education system. There’s a clear link between exclusions and criminal activity. A report[…]

Making maps work harder for social prescriptions

As a nation, we rely heavily on our NHS and we’re unique in the fact that we default to our GP with any kind of issue relating to our health. We’re reassured by the traditional model of an initial consultation followed by a referral if necessary. But often, the most useful treatments and therapies exist[…]

Empowering-Communities Passes Rigorous G-Cloud 9 Application Process

Empowering Communities has been accepted onto the government’s latest G-Cloud 9 framework. Following a meticulous application process, five products are now available to procure directly. G-Cloud 9 makes it simpler and safer for the public sector to adopt leading cloud technology. By using the Digital Marketplace, organisations can find a range of services matching their[…]

Professionals Rally Round to Dramatically Reduce the Number of Children Being Permanently Excluded From Schools

A unique service in Peterborough, dedicated to reducing the number of children permanently excluded in schools, is helping to provide a range of specialist support to children with additional needs and get them and their families help to improve their lives. The Pupil Referral Service operates as a specialist setting under Peterborough City Council and[…]

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Local Information

Cleveland Police is making use of analytical mapping technology to give greater information to officers as to what is happening locally. By combining three software programmes, IMAP, E-CINS and NICHE, Neighbourhood Police Teams are able to greatly improve their knowledge of what’s happening in a specific area and where the vulnerable members of their community[…]