The Safe Families for Children East Midlands Hub is excited to have just signed a Public Social Partnership agreement with Nottingham City Council on 21 July 2015. This agreement allows Safe Families for Children and local authorities to work hand-in-hand to help vulnerable families within the authority area.
The Safe Families for Children model puts volunteers from faith communities around families in crisis to enable them to stay together and reduce the number of children going into care. These volunteers become Family Friends, Host Families, and Resource Friends.
Spreading across England from the successful pilot in the North East, Safe Families for Children now has hubs in Greater Manchester, West Midlands, Mersey, Scotland and Wales and has been working in the East Midlands region over the past few months, developing relationships with churches in local communities to build its volunteer base. Over fifty volunteers from local churches have been recruited in Nottingham and Safe Families for Children can start receiving families referred to the programme.
Safe Families for Children are pleased to be working alongside Nottingham City Council to find long-term solutions for families in need of support. Nottingham is the first local authority in the East Midlands to sign a Public Social Partnership with Safe Families for Children, with five more expected to follow.
Councillor David Mellen, Portfolio Holder for Early Help and Early Intervention, said: “Safe Families for Children is an important early intervention scheme which will provide help for families in desperate need, prevent child neglect and abuse and reduce the number of children entering the care system. I am delighted to announce the launch of this scheme in Nottingham.
“When faced with challenges and stress in our lives, many of us take for granted that our families or friends will rally round us to help but for many vulnerable families the support just isn’t there. A family crisis can happen at any time and the effects on the children of an isolated family can be devastating.
“Safe Families for Children can provide families in need with a support network made up of trained staff and volunteers, recruited from faith communities, who will use their life skills and experiences to provide resources, guide and assist them when they need help most.”