Hackney to build prototype tool for ‘contextual’ approach to child safeguarding
London borough looks for supplier to help create platform for logging and analysing data on school, peer group, and neighbourhood
Hackney Town Hall, pictured here, is in the heart of the borough Credit: David Giles/PA Archive/PA Images
Hackney Council is looking to engage potential suppliers of a tool that could allow the authority’s social workers to take a “contextual approach” to children’s safeguarding.
The east London borough is has received funding from the Department for Education to undertake a project examining how “peer group, neighbourhood, and school environments [affect] a young person’s safety and wellbeing”, and how better collating and understanding data on these contextual factors could help social workers. The team responsible for this project has completed an initial discovery phase, which led to the conclusion that a technological tool could help collect and contextualise this information.
The council has issued a contract notice via the government’s Digital Marketplace platform looking for a supplier to develop a prototype of such a tool. The authority expects to spend between £30,000 and £40,000 on a six-month project scheduled to begin early next month.
- Hackney ICT chief on how the borough is putting data at the heart of policy and service design
- User need and integrated, intuitive systems: How Newham is digitising social care
- Interview: Hackney’s Matthew Cain on changing councils, chatbots and local government Verify
Hackney’s social workers currently access data through case-management software application Mosaic.
“We do not use other non-personal data points to support social workers’ situational awareness,” the council said. “Whilst members of the community can report specific concerns about a young person, there is not a tool that captures low level incidents that may be indicators of contextual challenges.”
The project is being overseen by “a multi-agency board, led by the director of children’s services”. Work on the discovery phase was conducted by a team containing social workers, ICT professionals, and analysts.
The chosen supplier for this next phase will be advised by Hackney’s social workers and analysts, as well as senior-management figures from both the social care and ICT functions. The council is looking for a supplier willing to be present at the authority’s service centre in the borough “most of the time”.
Bids are open until 12 April.
The pandemic has provided a pressing use case for remote consultations but, according to Rowan Pritchard Jones of St Helens and Knowsley NHS trust, the technology has a lot to offer in the long...
Department says investigation into leaking of email address has been satisfactorily closed
Cabinet Office annual report shows digital agency also brought in more than £2m in extra revenue
Candidates can now be assessed without any physical contact