RYOGENS: Sharing information to protect vulnerable children
Extending the safety net
The RYOGENS national project set out to provide a solution: an easy-to-use Web-based system to help social services, the police, health and education professionals, housing teams and many others who work with children at a local level raise concerns and share information. The aim? To provide immediate practical help, well before any statutory involvement is needed.
RYOGENS was developed by a multi-skilled partnership managed by Deloitte and bringing together three very different local authorities, specialist IT services providers and independent experts on a range of children’s issues.
Following three successful pilots, RYOGENS software and all necessary implementation tools are now available to local authorities. The ultimate benefits can be measured in terms of improved quality of life and better safety nets for hundreds of children at risk. The business case for implementing RYOGENS also highlights potential cost savings for all kinds of agencies, by preventing problems before they happen.
In the UK many children slip through the net, when much could be done to help them before they reach crisis point. Workers in the public sector, from teachers and social workers, to healthcare professionals and police, typically find it hard to share worries or information about the children they work
with if those children are not already ‘in the system’.
Sharing information is difficult because of mistrust, different cultures and a legacy of ‘silo’ thinking in some agencies. Apart from child protection work, few crossdepartmental business processes exist and there is little integration between the systems used by different agencies.
For further informatiuon, download our publication RYOGENS: Sharing information to protect vulnerable children. (PDF, 60KB)
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