Safe Families for Children works with local authorities across the UK and we’ve been getting some really positive feedback from local authorities.
“In Nottingham we have been working in partnership with the Safe Families for Children programme for nearly two years. During this time Safe Families has become an integrated and important part of Nottingham City Councils menu of services for vulnerable children and families and has helped over 150 children to date.
When our families are supported by Safe Families, as an alternative to care, it is proving to be a key factor in preventing children needing to come into care in the future. It is so important that we work with families as soon as they are starting to struggle, with the hope that we can help them before their problems get any worse. Our programme is delivering real change and is proving to be a highly effective alternative to short term care and respite. We estimate that together we have prevented 54 children going into short term care.”
Alison Michalska, Corporate Director for Children and Adults Services at Nottingham City Council; President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (the national leadership association in England for statutory Directors of Children’s Services)
“We have been excited to work with Safe Families, who have started to make a real difference, in how we work with families where children are in need of support.
In a very short space of time, Safe Families have immersed themselves in our local processes and uniquely are regular attenders at internal case management discussions, offering tangible offers of support that make a real difference. It is early days, but it is no coincidence that by coming on board Safe Families have helped us to achieve real outcomes with often complex problems, many of whom are in a crisis may have received a more traditional, but sometimes expensive, less effective response – such as an out of area placement.
They have helped us expand our menu of support that in turn is reducing demand on our services and helping families get the right help at the right time. When I am asked what difference Safe Families makes, all things aside, the real difference is they are in the room, contributing to discussions and decision making that benefits families.”
Jason Murphy, Service Manager, Early Help and Youth Offending Service at Southampton City Council
“Safe Families for Children has worked closely with Middlesbrough Council whilst they developed their service. They have been receptive to our advice and guidance as they have developed their operating framework. We have developed a positive working relationship at an operational, political and senior management level. They are providing a valuable service to families in Middlesbrough through partnership working with our early intervention services and our Social Work teams.”
Mike Robinson, Former Chief Executive (previously Head of Children’s and Adult’s Services), Middlesbrough Council
“Many of the parents we deal with are hampered by their social isolation and lack of extended family support. They just do not have anyone who can take their kids for a weekend or an afternoon, or someone to give them a new washing machine when they most need it, or build up some flat-packed furniture. Safe Families for Children is filling these gaps.”
Sean Bell, Service Manager for Children and Families Practice Teams in Edinburgh