Newham Borough Council awards CACI a £400,000 contract to help it deliver the best possible outcomes for children and young people
New integrated ChildView software will help Newham transform its children’s services
Newham Council has awarded a contract worth £400,000 to CACI – a leading provider of IT solutions to the public sector – for new integrated software that will help transform its services for children and young people.
The ChildView software will span education, intervention and prevention services. It will bring together different electronic recording systems used by different areas such as school admissions and early intervention teams, into a single system.
Councillor Quintin Peppiatt, Newham’s executive member for children and young people, said: “In Newham every child matters. We want services that are robust, integrated, co-ordinated and focus heavily on early intervention so that we achieve the best possible outcomes for our young people.
“The new system will enable consistent, more efficient and accurate recording and sharing of information. It also means children and families will not have to repeat information to different professionals as is the case now.”
Keen to react to changes in legislation and policy in a proactive and efficient manner, Newham, a borough with a young population and some areas of high need and dependency in respect of children’s services, will use the new system to deliver the best possible outcomes for children and young people, whilst also achieving costs savings.
Linzi Roberts-Egan, the council’s director for early intervention and progression, said: “The whole concept of children’s services and how they should be delivered has changed over the past ten years. Local authorities have had to meet revised demands on service outputs. By focussing on early intervention and preventative action we hope to improve the quality of service we offer and reduce the need to provide costly specialist interventions.”
ChildView from CACI will play a central role in Newham’s transformation agenda. One central database with multi-agency access and ‘joined-up-thinking’ functionality will replace the department’s six existing databases, all of which currently operate in isolation. This will ultimately help Newham to adopt a more holistic view and improve collective knowledge, monitoring children and families and providing staff with the depth of information they need to operate efficiently. Further savings will be made through dialogue and support from just one single supplier responsible for the infrastructure and delivery.
CACI’s new case management system will support Newham’s school admissions and appeals administration and free school meals administration. It will also support SEN assessment and finance administration; sensory assessment and support provision; education welfare legal action; early years support; third sector provider management ; out of school learning and assessment and provision of targeted support to children, young people and families.
ChildView modules to be installed include Core; ISS (Integrated Support Services); Admissions suite; SEN; CCM (Children’s Centre Manager); Data hub and Early Years.
Commenting on the contract, Paul Richards, Director Children & Young People’s Services, at CACI, said, “We are delighted to have been awarded this significant contract and to have been appointed Newham’s Primary Supplier, in preference to other significant players in the market.
“We have made a considerable investment in our new ChildView solution and Newham has chosen ChildView because it is uniquely placed to provide the “Tools for Transformation” they require. A key benefit of ChildView is the ability of the system to move away from simple data recording and reporting and to focus more on what is actually happening in the lives of children and young people across Early Years, Education, Social Care and Youth services. With unified and extended knowledge both preventative action and earlier intervention can be more effective. Local authorities are responding to the recommendations arising from the Munro and Allen reports, yet they are also tackling budget cut backs. Having a more efficient system like ChildView which can deliver improvements to service as well and reductions in cost is therefore particularly appealing.”
For more information on CACI please visit http://www.caci.co.uk/CYPServices.aspx
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CACI provides products and services to both the public and private sectors across a wide range of business areas including health, social care and education. For the past 30 years it has been providing the tools, structure and knowledge to help its clients deliver value for money and high quality services. CACI provides bespoke information and data, and the systems and intelligence to interpret them.
CACI’s Children and Young People’s Services division:
CACI is a leading provider of IT solutions and services to the public sector, and an accredited Buying Solutions supplier for Software Applications and ICT Consultancy and Delivery Services. For further information on CACI’s C&YP Division click on the link http://www.caci.co.uk/cypservices.aspx
ChildView is a complete Children and Young People’s management information system incorporating specialist applications for early years, education, youth and social care services, all supported by a single database. The single database approach allows a complete single view of a child and family, sharing both core demographic information and contextual data securely and appropriately across all services.