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.
A key to the success of our programme is our strong partnership with Safe Families for Children and we are committed to continue this partnership going forward to expand our programme and explore more innovative ways to deliver better outcomes for our children and their families. Including exploring pushing the age range of children considered and supporting children with more complex needs.
I am an active champion and national supporter of the Safe Families for Children programme and see the real benefits that this initiative makes to families lives. I am always keen to promote the value of the partnership to other local authorities and encourage them to be part of it.
Thank you to all of the volunteers and supporters for all of the amazing work that you do and for the difference that you make to children and their families.
– 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)