Safe Families for Children is delighted to announce that on Friday morning, May 29, 2015, our Chief Executive Keith Danby and Colette O’Brien of Liverpool City Council made history by signing the first Safe Families Public Social Partnership (PSP) in the UK.
PSPs enable the local council and charities to work together to enhance services for their communities. This agreement enables Safe Families to help families in need across the Mersey area over the coming year.
Gary Wootten, Programme Director for Safe Families in the Mersey Region, commented: “This is an exciting and important moment for Safe Families for Children and the city of Liverpool. It puts the talk into action and releases our valued volunteers in the Mersey region into doing what they are passionate about – helping families in crisis. Working closely with Liverpool’s social workers, our service will match volunteers and families in crisis to help ensure the right support is received to keep families together. We hope to work with many local authorities in the Mersey area.”
Based on the transformational work in Chicago and the North East to date the potential positive impact for families in crisis is very exciting. It is quite an historic moment, and essentially means Safe Families for Children is open for business on Merseyside (with our 100 and counting volunteers) to begin receiving referrals from Liverpool Social Services and offering families in crisis an alternative to section 20.
Colette O’Brien, Liverpool’s Director of Children’s Services, stated: “Liverpool is really looking forward to participating in this innovative project. It fits perfectly with the objectives of Liverpool’s Children’s Trust Board partners, which is to provide support to families at the earliest opportunity in order to prevent the need for more costly and reactive interventions.”
Many more PSPs are due to be signed around the country in the coming weeks.
Volunteers are currently being recruited to meet this opportunity, not only in Mersey, but across the UK. If you would like to get involved with helping families in crisis please contact us.