Proposed Target Operating Model for Children's Care and Support in LBBD

UPDATE - Consultation now closed. Feedback following phase 2 consultation will be provided by Nov 18th.


This staff consultation is on the proposed target operating model (TOM) for Children’s Care & Support in LBBD. The previous TOM for Children’s Care and Support is no longer fit-for-purpose. The entrenched needs of our community such as neglect and domestic abuse are increasing – in terms of volume at least - and emerging factors such as the risk of exploitation pose a serious threat to our most vulnerable children and young people. This has placed the existing system under increasing strain, and at times it has approached breaking-point. The recent Self Evaluation provided a detailed diagnosis of the challenge, and the OFSTED ILACS Inspection both concurred with our assessment and served to inform our thinking further.

To meet these challenges, the new TOM has been designed. It seeks to safeguard our most vulnerable children through a more needs-led design with the creation of targeted services such as our new Pre-Birth team within the Assessment and Safeguarding Service, our Adolescent and Youth Offending Service (which has the Contextual Safeguarding approach at its heart) and the Specialist Intervention Service, to help us tackle the significant challenges that neglect, domestic abuse and other factors keeping children on the edge of care pose. Our plans are for a partnership-wide response, delivered in a collaborative way.

Drawing on best practice and what research and evidence tells us will work, our plan sits within the context of changes in the wider Children’s Services agenda, including Early Help and SEND. This includes firmly embedding a consistent Practice Model to increase impact and improve quality and securing Council commitment to more manageable caseloads. This will enable more creative direct work and to deliver high-quality assessments that make a real difference to outcomes. Core to this is embedding the voice of the child in everything we do including placing it at the centre of our relational, strengths-based Practice Model.

More practically, the TOM seeks to increase capacity in social work teams for supporting children and families whilst mitigating financial burden to the council. It is built on current demand forecasts and is benchmarked against other systems. This means, in the short-term at least, the number of established social workers needs to increase. We are confident, however that once the new approach begins to show impact, there are opportunities to move towards a leaner structure (as pressure reduces).

UPDATE - Consultation now closed. Feedback following phase 2 consultation will be provided by Nov 18th.


This staff consultation is on the proposed target operating model (TOM) for Children’s Care & Support in LBBD. The previous TOM for Children’s Care and Support is no longer fit-for-purpose. The entrenched needs of our community such as neglect and domestic abuse are increasing – in terms of volume at least - and emerging factors such as the risk of exploitation pose a serious threat to our most vulnerable children and young people. This has placed the existing system under increasing strain, and at times it has approached breaking-point. The recent Self Evaluation provided a detailed diagnosis of the challenge, and the OFSTED ILACS Inspection both concurred with our assessment and served to inform our thinking further.

To meet these challenges, the new TOM has been designed. It seeks to safeguard our most vulnerable children through a more needs-led design with the creation of targeted services such as our new Pre-Birth team within the Assessment and Safeguarding Service, our Adolescent and Youth Offending Service (which has the Contextual Safeguarding approach at its heart) and the Specialist Intervention Service, to help us tackle the significant challenges that neglect, domestic abuse and other factors keeping children on the edge of care pose. Our plans are for a partnership-wide response, delivered in a collaborative way.

Drawing on best practice and what research and evidence tells us will work, our plan sits within the context of changes in the wider Children’s Services agenda, including Early Help and SEND. This includes firmly embedding a consistent Practice Model to increase impact and improve quality and securing Council commitment to more manageable caseloads. This will enable more creative direct work and to deliver high-quality assessments that make a real difference to outcomes. Core to this is embedding the voice of the child in everything we do including placing it at the centre of our relational, strengths-based Practice Model.

More practically, the TOM seeks to increase capacity in social work teams for supporting children and families whilst mitigating financial burden to the council. It is built on current demand forecasts and is benchmarked against other systems. This means, in the short-term at least, the number of established social workers needs to increase. We are confident, however that once the new approach begins to show impact, there are opportunities to move towards a leaner structure (as pressure reduces).