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Guidance for practitioners

What to do if you are concerned about a child or young person’s safety

If a child or young person is at immediate risk call the Police on 999.

For other safeguarding concerns contact the Children and Families Hub.

Section A: The foundations of the Jersey’s Children First approach

Introduction

Diversity Statement

Executive Summary

Using the Jersey's Children First Guidance

Our Values, Principle and Qualities

Ten Aims

Understanding the Continuum of Children's Needs

Roles and Responsibilities

Sharing Information

Section B: Putting Jersey’s Children First into practice

When to Start a Child's Assessment and The Five Questions

Wellbeing Indicators

Ensuring Children Get the Right Help at the Right Time

Knowing the Child

My World Triangle

Exploring Each Assessment Domain

Chronology of Significant Events

Resilience and Vulnerability Tool

Section C: Working together as a team around the child

Working Together

The Role of the Lead Worker

Main Tasks of the Lead Worker

Identifying the Lead Worker

Skills of the Lead Worker

Change of Lead Worker

Workforce Requirements

Outcomes Based Accountability - Jersey's Children First

Section D: Tools, templates and supporting documents

Team Around The Child Planning Checklist  

Child's Chronology Template

Chronologies Guidance

Child and Family Assessment (Early Help) Template

My World Triangle Supporting the Child's Assessment

A Day in My Life Tool

Resilience and Vulnerability Tool

Team Around the Child Member's View for Meeting Template

Child and Family Plan (Early Help) Template

Child and Family Review Template

Early Intervention Process

Change of Lead Worker Terms of Reference

Change of Lead Worker Hand Over Actions

Managing the transition between Children’s Services and other agencies

RHRT Consent Form for Information sharing

Child and Family Participation Toolkit

Child Palliative Care Pathway

Preparing for Adulthood Pathway

TACSCOPE

TACSCOPE Consultation Form

Safeguarding Partnership Board Escalation and Resolution Pathway (Safeguarding website)

Safeguarding Partnership Board Multi-agency Supervision Statement (Safeguarding website)

Training

This matrix will help you to decide which levels of training are right for you:

Jersey's Children First Trainig Matrix

Course descriptions

Level 1: Introduction to Jersey's Children First (Virtual Learning Course)

This course provides a broad overview of Jersey's Children First framework.  It is designed for people who work primarily with adults who may be parents/carers, or whose work does not regularly involve direct contact with children and young people.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course participants will:

  • have an overview of the Jersey's Children First approach
  • understand the 10 aims of Jersey's Children First
  • understand everyone's responsibility to ask questions when they think a child is not okay

Level 2: Jersey's Children First Essentials (Virtual Learning Course)

This course outlines the process of supporting children and young people and their families through Jersey's Children First approach.  It is suitable for everyone who works regularly with children, young people, and their families. 

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course participants will:

  • understand Jersey's Children First shared values, principles and language
  • understand the complex process of transition to engagement in children and families' experiences
  • understand our shared qualities and what they look like in practice
  • understand the 5 Questions and the Wellbeing Indicators and how these can be used to help understand when and how to provide support for a child and family
  • be confident in completing Child and Family Assessments using the shared templates and tools

Level 3: Using and Sharing Chronologies (3 hours face to face training)

This specialist course looks at both single and multi-agency chronologies in detail; their purpose, construction and their use in working with children, young people and families. It is expected that participants will already have undertaken Level 2 training either virtually or face to face within the past 3 years. 

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course participants will:

  • understand when to consider a chronology
  • understand what information needs to be included in a chronology
  • be aware of what information is appropriate to share across agencies
  • be able to consider the impact of the patterns/information in a chronology in conjunction with a child's assessment to improve a child's circumstances

Level 4: Role and Responsibilities of the Lead Worker (Full day, face to face training)

This specialist course builds directly on Level 2 to examine the role and responsibilities of the Lead Worker and the members of the Team around the Child in creating, monitoring and reviewing the Child and Family plan. It is expected that participants will already have undertaken Level 2 training either virtually or face to face within the within the past 3 years. 

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course participants will:

  • understand the shared responsibilities of all members of the Team around the Child
  • understand the role, main tasks and skills of the Lead Worker
  • be confident in chairing a planning meeting
  • understand how to monitor and review the Child's Plan

How to access courses

Level 1: Introduction to Jersey's Children First  and Level 2: Jersey's Children First Essentials are both available online, via Virtual College. Courses can be accessed via the following link, and you will need to select which course you want to do: 

Virtual College

Once registered:

  • Employees of the Government of Jersey can log into Virtual College using their existing credentials and should then click Available Learning to find the course they have requested.
  • Non-employees of the Government of Jersey will be sent a welcome email inviting them to register with a password protected account. From there, they will be able to access the course they have requested.

Level 3: Using and Sharing Chronologies (3 hours face to face training)

This course is being refreshed and updated.  New dates will be published early in 2021.  For more information please email jerseyschildrenfirst@gov.je

Level 4: Role and Responsibilities of the Lead Worker

This course is being refreshed and updated.  New dates will be published early in 2021.  For more information please email jerseyschildrenfirst@gov.je

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