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[…]

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[…]

Thank you for supporting 10 years of Empowering-Communities

It was the year of the News of the World phone hacking scandal, the rebuilt Wembley Stadium opened to the public for the first time and Celebrity Big Brother was launched on Channel 4.  2007 was also the year that Empowering-Communities was founded by CEO Gary Pettengell, following a successful 20 year career involved in[…]

National 
E-CINS Forum and Working Groups Launched

Several schemes and users have identified the need for a National E-CINS Forum and I am now in the process of setting one up. I have listed some of the areas of business E-CINS is used to manage below. It therefore makes sense to have a number of working groups under the Forum umbrella. Each working group can[…]

Going Live! One Front Door Problem Solving Solutions from Empowering-Communities

Empowering-Communities is excited to be announcing the launch of a range of ‘one front door’ problem solving tools to help practitioners deliver tailored and measurable positive outcomes for their customers. All of our solutions assist public, private, voluntary and third sector organisations from police and criminal justice to employment, health, welfare reform and more. For[…]

Early Intervention Helps Tackle Gang Issues Across Wellingborough

E-CINS is used as a database to record information to prevent gang and gang violence in Northants. All schools in Wellingborough have registered with E-CINS so that they can work in a multi agency environment to tackle anti social behaviour and youth violence. Preventing gang and gang violence has been recognised nationally and the Early[…]

Why early intervention is the answer

A recent study has suggested that dealing with social problems affecting children and young people in England and Wales ‘costs £17bn a year’. Some of the cash would be better spent on addressing the root causes of problems, argues the report by the charity Early Intervention Foundation. One of the key benefits of E-CINS is[…]

New Electronic Family Assessment Tool Helps Analyse Results

With the news that the Government has commissioned a consortium of research bodies to keep track of its Troubled Families Programme, Councils are now tasked with compiling progress reports and supplying comprehensive data and analysis to show how their interventions are producing better outcomes for the families they have identified locally. Last month we told[…]

Family Assessment – Saving Time for Practitioners

One of the key advantages of the Family Assessment Tool is the considerable amount of time it saves practitioners and key workers including Troubled Families Co-ordinators.  Usual practice, until now, has been for assessments to be carried out in a paper-based format which needs to be filled in by hand. The new electronic version is[…]

Supporting More Than Just Troubled Families

E-CINS development lead, Gary Pettengell, said “E-CINS has a very different way of supporting the Troubled Families Agenda. It is  much more than just a bespoke Troubled Families software programme developed specifically for Troubled Families Co-ordinators. Instead it is a complete neighbourhood management solution that enables organisations to fully support their local troubled families initiative[…]

Creating an Electronic Family Assessment

The process of creating an assessment is quick and simple. When an assessment is started it automatically ‘pulls through’ the family members you have previously identified. This speeds up the assessment process and, once completed, you set your access permissions so that you can decide who can see the assessment and who can not. You[…]

Focus on Troubled Families – What works?

The Troubled Family Initiative is spurring many local authorities and their partners to look at the different strategies being used around the country to help them deliver the best outcomes for their own communities.  But what works and what doesn’t? Empowering-Communities took part in a recent online debate with a team of panellists from local[…]

E-CINS Family Assessment Feature

One of the ways E-CINS is helping customers with their Troubled Families Initiatives is through a new Family Risk Assessment Tool to be launched  soon.  The electronic E-CINS Family Assessment functionality is being developed in conjunction with a team of troubled families co-ordinators to ensure it properly reflects the needs and challenges of existing users.[…]