We have plans in place to evaluate the impact of the Edge of Care Panel.
The Edge of Care panel was initially held monthly to discuss complex cases where children and young people are most at risk of coming into care. However following feedback from the social workers it was agreed to provide a fortnightly panel. The panel has also established links with CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service) professionals, and the Youth Justice Strategic Manager, to discuss complex cases deemed to be at risk of escalating.
The effectiveness of the panel will be evaluated at the end of 2016/17, and it is anticipated that the evaluation will show evidence that children are prevented from escalating through risk factors, and indeed that risk is reduced