"NOREAM is a way of working with children and families with NRPF to improve outcomes for children who are subject to immigration control. This will be achieved in two interlinked ways: First, by reorienting local authority NRPF services to apply the principles of early intervention to an NRPF setting, and supporting people to resolve problems before they become crises which meet the threshold for assessment under Section 17 of the Children Act. Second, the project aims to take a whole systems approach, by developing cross-directorate and interagency strategies, which support families across the life course, and instituting multi-professional case consultations. These conferences will use specialist knowledge s to resolve complex cases for families with NRPF where the existing legislative framework does not protect children with a precarious migration status, using a structural understanding of neglect.
Families who do not meet the threshold for section 17 of the Children Act (1989) currently do not receive local authority support. However, evidence suggests that many families who are initially refused support later receive section 17 support from the local authority when their situation has deteriorated to a crisis point. By identifying issues earlier and providing a targeted intervention, the programme will prevent families needing more intensive support later and improve outcomes for children and families" (Andy Jolly, 2021).
The project has three aims:
These aims are achieved through the following six outcomes:
Our Asylum Early Action work forms part of the evidence base for NOREAM, alongside the longstanding work on prevention by Community Links and the wide-ranging early intervention work with children and young people. We think this piece of work is really important and are keen to follow it's developments, particularly the potential for more local authorities to emulate this approach in the future.