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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Information Sharing Approaches in Employment Support

Melton Mowbray’s Me & My Learning programme started in April 2014 and it initially targeted working age benefit claimants with the aim of supporting them in securing sustainable employment. At Me and My Learning over 20 primarily public and voluntary sector partners are co-located, and through an information sharing agreement provide a tailored programme to[…]

E-CINS Updates June 2016

E-CINS is now live in every county in England and Wales and has over 10,000 practitioners. Here are some of the most recent initiatives E-CINS has been involved in: Prevent and Channel Panels Cambridgeshire now run their Channel Panel meetings on E-CINS. The County Councils have a legal responsibility to lead and chair these meetings.[…]

Combining Mental Health and Employment Support in a Multi-Agency Approach

by Kevin Moore FIEP, Chief Executive, Future Path Ltd Future employment provision will clearly need to be aimed at supporting customers with multiple and/or complex needs. Early sightings of DWP’s intentions for “Work Programme Plus”, and speeches from Iain Duncan-Smith, Priti Patel, Lord Freud and Jeremy Moore all focus on two concepts – the need to[…]

Build your own forms and make Automatic Referrals

What is it and who is it for? A range of practitioners requested the ability to create their own bespoke forms to assess peoples’ needs and an automated referrals process. They also wanted a built-in scoring solution that would automatically assess risk and priority need level. How does it work? You can create your own[…]

Wheel Assessment

What is it and who is it for? This new functionality allows you to present your assessments in a graphical format that gives you an immediate snapshot of a person’s assessed needs. This is particularly suited to offender management teams, early help, education and support workers who need to assess and re-assess a profile’s progress[…]

Build your own Risk Assessments

What is it and who is it for? E-CINS held a number of different risk assessments that all worked in a different way. We have rewritten them to incorporate all the elements you need and to make it easier for you  to create your own scoring or non-scoring risk assessments. How does it work? You[…]

Leicestershire latest to use E-CINS Needs Assessment Tool to manage people presenting in crisis

We are pleased to welcome Blaby and Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire who are going live with the E-CINS Needs Assessment. The Needs Assessment tool was developed for Derby City as part of a DWP pilot looking to manage people presenting in crisis under the new welfare reforms. This electronic assessment links questions to teams/organisations who[…]

You could save 1 hour per referral with the E-CINS Electronic Referral Forms and Custom Cases

This pioneering technology saves time and money for those involved in producing referrals and improves accuracy and service delivery to both agencies and customers. It can be used for any area of business and any hard copy or electronic referral forms can be adapted to work in this way. For example IOM, Troubled Families, MARAC,[…]

Needs Assessment Tool Helps Derby City Council Residents Get The Right Support

As part of the Government’s Welfare Reform Bill, Universal Credit will be launched in February 2015 with the aim of modernising and streamlining the country’s benefit system. Eleven local authority areas successfully bid for a joint Local Authority and Job Centre Plus 12 month pilot, run in partnership and funded by the Department for Work[…]