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Warrington Getting Risk Support panel is a forum to discuss those children / families where despite a range of different services being offered, there continue to be significant concerns about a child’s presentation / behaviour.

Which children and families will panel consider?+

The panel will focus particularly on children and families where all other approaches and interventions have been explored, but high levels of concern remain. The panel will consider:
  • High-risk adolescents.
  • Children and young people who are currently not able or ready to access evidence based intervention from a mental health service
  • Children with multiple complex needs where there are risk of poor outcomes
  • Children who have been previously consider at other panels such as Contextual Safeguarding Group (CSOG) however despite input from these multi agency forums high levels of concern remain for these children.
  • Children where there are a range of factor influencing a child’s behaviour

Panel membership+

The panel will be made up of a combination of senior level representatives from key agencies alongside professionals with clinical expertise or expertise in a specific field. Representation at a senior level is a crucial part of what makes the Getting Risk Support panel different from the forums we currently have. It is important the person representing their agency has the ability to make key decisions about services / interventions / care planning for children – Head of Service level or equivalent.

Core members on the panel include senior level representation from:

  • CAMHS / Mersey care
  • Relevant clinical advisor i.e. CAMHS Psychiatrist / Clinical Psychologist
  • Integrated Care Board
  • Children’s Social Care
  • Early Help
  • Education
  • Youth Offending Service
  • Cheshire Police
  • Community Safety and Resilience Team
  • Head of Service – Addictions and Chaotic Lifestyles

The panel will:+

  1. Give further thought to the current formulation / assessment of a child.
  2. Consider the risks and presenting factors and determine what package of support / care is required.
  3. Offer support, advice, and guidance to professional networks who are stuck and unsure how to progress work with a child / family. This might including offering advice on what other interventions or approaches the existing network could try.
  4. Make decisions about the provision of specific support services that could be offered to a family.

When and how to refer to Thrive Getting Risk Support Panel+

Before referring a child to Thrive Panel;

  • They will have been previously considered at other panels
  • The child's social worker will have consulted the Systemic Hub
  • You will have discussed the child with your panel representative

Follow the referral process as outlined in the Thrive Getting Risk Support Pathway Guidance

Thrive Getting Risk Support Referral Form Referrals should be sent to thriverisksupportpanel@warrington.gov.uk

Attending Panel+

The lead practitioner presents the case at the Risk support panel. The panel uses the group supervision format to enable clinical discussion.

Phase one: Request-for-assistance (RFA) statement from presenting practitioner which is clear and concise –

  • Why are you bringing this young person to panel?
  • What do you need?

Phase two: Questioning & identifying the focus (from the panel to the presenting practitioner)

Phase three: ‘Feedback’ statements & suggestions (based on ‘reflecting team approach, Anderson, 2004) from the panel

Phase four: Presenting Practitioner Response

Phase five: Optional discussion and then action plan

Agreed outcomes / care plan from panel. Panel provides brief report detailing outcomes back to lead practitioner and family. You can find the report template here Thrive Getting Risk Support Panel Report Template