Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council won ‘Data for Good Initiative of the Year’ and this category attracted the most entries overall. Their innovative use of administrative datasets to help better protect vulnerable people, while also saving time and money, received the highest score from the judges.
The responsibility to safeguard vulnerable residents lies with councils and a range of safeguarding partners, but too often vulnerability is identified too late. Limited data co-ordination between organisations makes it hard not only to identify people who need support before they hit a crisis, but also to understand whether they are known to other safeguarding agencies and the wider safeguarding landscape.
Prevention is critical to improve safeguarding and we know that data needs to be more effectively shared across agencies if we are to better protect vulnerable people and reduce the potential of people falling into the social care system. This is a big challenge.
Join our webinar to hear learnings from a powerful project, backed by the LGA and NHS Digital, to link data across adult services, children’s services, public health, the NHS, Police and Fire and Rescue Services.
Listen back to hear:
- How this innovative and ground-breaking approach to combining administrative datasets has created a clear view of safeguarding concerns across all partners
- How new smart approaches to data management has tackled the security and data governance challenges
- How the data is brought to life to help multi-agency safeguarding teams, social workers and all frontline safeguarding teams to improve communication, liaison and decision making
With guest speaker Paul Withers, Data Protection Manager, Walsall Council.
The safeguarding need to share data
How we built MAST and how teams will benefit
Project learnings and how you can use MAST
28 matches were made across 12 addresses over three months between the fire service and families known to children’s services. At least two of these matches, one with multiple incidents at the same address, were not known to Children's services. This alone justifies the value of the project.
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|What we all need to know about implementing Breathing Space
Breathing space came into force on 4 May 2021 to give people in problem debt a sixty day period to get back on their feet. |
The new policy will freeze interest, fees and enforcement for people in problem debt, with further protections for those in mental health crisis treatment. It will see enforcement action from creditors halted and interest frozen for people with problem debt.
We know that tackling debt early is better for higher recoveries, and better for people's mental health and wellbeing. Nearly 2 in 5 people who've been affected by mental health problems have had a drop in income due to the pandemic, so the new rules are timely.
In this webinar we explore what breathing space means for councils and other creditors, how they can best support people to build their financial resilience, and what can be done to prevent the need for breathing space in the first place.
We will hear from one leading organisation that offers a free customer debt management solution about what Breathing Space means to them.
|19/5/2021||10:30 BST||1.3 hours||Register|