VIDEO: New team will help keep kids safe in Peterborough
A new approach to improving child protection in the city has been launched after an award-winning program that has proven successful elsewhere has begun in the city.
Peterborough City Council launched the Family Safeguarding Team on Wednesday after the agency bid was accepted for £ 2.8 million in state funding.
The new team is the so-called & # 39; Toxic Trio & # 39; tackling domestic violence, drug abuse and mental health problems, these are the key factors that put children at significant risk of harm.
It is hoped that the team, which will work closely with families in the city, will help reduce the number of children under child protection and avoid custody and children as much as possible. Service is a continuation A Hertfordshire piloted approach that became the overall winner of the 2017 Guardian Public Service Awards.
Nicola Curley, Deputy Director of Child Social Care at Peterborough City Council, said everyone in the Council was positive about the new The program would be able to provide benefits to disadvantaged people in the city.
She said, "We are excited about funding the Ministry of Education innovation fund to deliver this program, which has already achieved good results in Hertfordshire."
"It provides family support at home and encourages families, as well Family together to tackle problems. It also uses motivational interviews to empower parents to think about what they want to change in their lives to meet the needs of their children.
Council member Sam Smith, Cabinet Member for Child Services, said she was pleased that Peterborough took up the program,
She said, "This is a system that has already shown some success in reducing the number of children who have come into the care of using specialized adult support workers to support child social workers. It really builds a team around the family unit.
"Testimonials from families and social workers who have used the service in Hertfordshire are extremely positive."
Keynote speakers at the launch, which will be held at City College Peterborough, Anthony Douglas, Chief Executive of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Scheme, and staff of the Peterborough City Council, including the Family Saving Team, who will be with families in the coming year will work together.
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