A number of local authorities have adopted a new tablet app that has been launched to help vulnerable children talk about their experiences.
The innovative app – My Three Houses – will be provided to social workers in children’s services following the award of a Department for Education Innovations Project grant of £4.7m.
The funding is provided to fully implement the Signs of Safety practice in each of ten local authorities and work with each authority to redesign their organisational procedures and functions to better support the approach in helping children, young people and families.
The ten local authorities are: Brent, Bristol, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Tower Hamlets, Wakefield, West Sussex, and Wokingham.
The My Three Houses app combines video, interactive animation and a drawing pad for children and offers a safe and straightforward way for professionals to speak with a child about what they are experiencing.
Peter Evans, West Sussex County Council’s cabinet member for children – start of life, told the Mid Sussex Times: “We have been really privileged to be one of only a handful of services to get involved in producing this new app which should have a big impact on the way we work with extremely vulnerable children.
“Our social care practitioners have worked with families to test the design which is much more interactive than previous tools and we are looking forward to putting it into use.”
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