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Definition

The Munro review of child protection identified the relationship between parental problems, such as poor mental health, domestic violence and substance misuse, and abuse and neglect1

Toxic/Complex Trio Profile

The Council carried out a piece of work to develop a better understanding of the support and safeguarding being provided to B&NES families with children where at least one parent/carer is experiencing one or more of the Toxic/Complex Trio issues, mental health, domestic abuse and substance misuse; with particular focus on those that are experiencing all three. The aim is that this information will identify strengths and weaknesses within the system to help develop more effective, coordinated and targeted support and interventions. This is in line with Ofsted requirements and the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board’s (LSCB) commitment to keep children in B&NES safe.

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Key Findings of the Toxic/Complex Trio Profile

Click here to see the key findings of the Toxic/Complex Trio Profile

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Fair Processing Notice

As part of the Toxic/Complex Trio Profile a Fair Processing Notice was produced.

A Fair Processing Notice is a notice that explains how your personal data might be used. Processing personal data must above all else be fair, as well as satisfying the relevant conditions for processing.  “Processing” broadly means; collecting, using, sharing, storing, retaining and disposing of personal data.  “Personal Data” is information that relates to an individual who can be identified either: (i) from the information; or (ii) from the information combined with any other information which is already in the possession of, or likely to come into the possession of, the person or organisation holding information.

Click here to see the Fair Processing Notice 

Click here to see a summary version of the Fair Proccessing Notice 

Privacy Impact Assessment

As part of the Toxic/Complex Trio Profile a Privacy Impact Assessment was produced.

A Privacy Impact Assessment is a process which helps an organisation to identify and reduce the privacy risks of a project. 

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Toxic/Complex Trio Profile Questionnaire - The first stage of the Toxic/Complex Trio Profile involved a questionnaire designed to find out the following:

  • What services record in terms of their client’s children.
  • Whether services record Toxic/Complex Trio needs of their clients.
  • How services decide whether clients have Toxic/Complex Trio needs.
  • If services conduct risk/needs assessments for their clients.
  • Whether risk/needs assessments include an assessment of risk to a client's children.
  • The interventions services put in place to safeguard their clients and their children.
  • The other agencies services refer clients and their children to for additional support. 

Fifty eight respondents from thirty eight different services responded to the questionnaire. Only four services sent the questionnaire did not respond. 

Results

Important to note - Educational establishments are counted as one service.

Some of the key results from this questionnaire:

Information collected about a client’s children - For 58% of services, all respondents said that their service collected all of the pieces of information about a client's children listed.

Monitoring Toxic/Complex Trio needs:

  • For 87% of services, all respondents said that their service monitored mental health needs, and for 95% of services at least one respondent said they did.
  • For 87% of services, all respondents said that their service monitored substance misuse needs, and for 95% of services at least one respondent said they did.
  • For 74% of services, all respondents said that their service monitored domestic abuse incidents, and for 84% of services at least one respondent said they did.

Conducting risk/needs assessments of clients:

  • For 68% of services at least one respondent said that their service conducted risk/needs assessments for all of their clients and for 63% of services, all respondents said that their service conducted risk/needs assessments for all of their clients.
  • For 79% of services all respondents said their service conducted risk/needs assessments for some or all of their clients.

Inclusion of children in risk/needs assessments

  • For 65% of services all respondents said that their service included risk to a client’s children in their risk/needs assessments, and for 73% of services at least one respondent said they did. 

Click here for more results from the 2016-17 Toxic/Complex Trio Profile Questionnaire  

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Key Findings of the Toxic/Complex Trio Profile

Click here to see the key findings of the Toxic/Complex Trio Profile