Supporting Families Enhancing Futures Practice Framework

The Wirral Safeguarding Children Partnership (WSCP) developed a Practice Framework for working with children, young people and their families across levels 3 and 4 (Team Around the Family, Child in Need, Child Protection, and Children Looked After) of the Wirral Continuum of Need.

The framework has a focus on understanding how issues affect the child’s lived daily experience.

Online Training Resources

Click here to access the new online training resources including:

Effective and Smart Plans (Page opens in a new tab)

Daily Lived Experience Resources

Click here to access the new daily lived experience resources including guidance and case studies for professionals, and a powerpoint presentation.

SFEF Framework Guidance Documents

To support professionals and agencies with the introduction of the SFEF model the WSCP has introduced a programme of multi-agency training and has published a detailed Practice Guidance document and numerous other support, guidance and at-a-glance factsheets.

1. Practice Guidance for Professionals

The Multi-agency Guidance documents details the SFEF model and how it supports professionals working with families in the Early Help, Child in Need and Child Protection frameworks.

2. Beginners Guide to SFEF

Resource Documents for Professionals

3. Prompt Sheets for Practitionersv2

The prompt sheets document includes an overview of the principles of the SFEF model and provides guidance for working with children, parents and carers and families.

Conversation starters for child

Conversation starters for parents and carers

Conversation starters to explore parent or carers readiness to change

Conversation starters to explore changes made or still to make

4. SFEF on a Page

This A3 colour poster summarises the SFEF model and is designed for easy reference.

5. SFEF Frequently Asked Questions

6. SFEF Help Sheet – Strategy Meetings

7. SFEF Help Sheet – Section 47 Enquiries

8. SFEF Help Sheet – Process to ICPC

9. SFEF Help Sheet – Initial Child Protection Conferences

10. SFEF Help Sheet – Core Group Meetings

11. SFEF Help Sheet – Child in Need Timescales and Process

12. SFEF Help Sheet – Early Help Assessment Tool

13. SFEF Help Sheet – Role of the Lead Professional

14. SFEF Help Sheet – The TAF Meeting

15. SFEF Help Sheet -The TAF Plan

16. SFEF and Children Looked After

17. Single Multi-Agency Assessment – Information for Partner Services

18. SFEF headings for health professionals to contribute to single assessment

19. SFEF headings for education settings contributing to single assessment

20. Capturing the Daily Lived Experience of a child and adult – Information for Partner Agencies

21. Single Assessment Best Practice Document

22. Best Practice SFEF Plan

Below is an example of a plan from an ICPC. At the first Core Group clear timescales and responsibility for actions should be clarified.

23. My role in communicating with a child and adult

24. Information Request from Professionals to Help inform EHAT

Leaflets for Families

CP Conference Parent Carer’s Guide

CP Enquiries Parent Carer’s Guide

CP Young People’s Guide (younger)

CP Young People’s Guide (older)

Multi-agency Training

The WSCP has developed multi-agency training for professionals. The multi-agency training introduces the SFEF framework, detailing the principles and how the model will work ‘in practice’ with children, young people and families. The training also practically explores how the model will influence key multi-agency meetings such as Child Protection Conferences and Core Groups.

Training courses run regularly. Places can be booked here:

Useful tools and videos for professionals

The WSCP publishes copies of and links to common tools for practitioners to use when working with families to support an assessment of need:

Guidance for using the Portal to share information for assessments can be found here (page opens in a new tab).

Useful Links includes a diverse range of free resources particularly useful for discussing parental drug and alcohol misuse, domestic violence and sexual exploitation. includes information regarding symbols and how to construct a genogram

Please note all Supporting Families Enhancing Futures and SFEF materials are copyright to the Wirral Safeguarding Children Partnership and may only be used by professionals in WSCP partner agencies.

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