Following the death of Ms A: A local authority response to transitional safeguarding

Martin Wallace, Christine Cocker

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This article discusses work done over several years in the London Borough of Havering (LBH) to develop and strengthen services for young people transitioning from Children’s Services to adulthood, care-experienced young people in particular. The impetus for this development work was a Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) published in 2017 concerning a care-experienced young adult, Ms A, who was receiving Leaving Care services at the time of her death at the age of 20. Following a successful funding bid to the Department for Education, LBH made significant investment in transitions services, co-producing these with young adults themselves in conjunction with a work-support mental health charity MAC-UK. This work resulted in the creation of: The Cocoon, a new ‘one-stop shop’ onsite multi-agency service provision; and the Transitions Panel, a new multi-agency planning forum. This article describes the development of The Cocoon and the Transitions Panel, and summarises the impact of these developments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-69
Number of pages9
Issue number1
Early online date3 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

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