Consultation centred on the current experiences of children, young people and families who require intensive support, identifying key areas of concern, leading to informed recommendations for improvement.
In 2010, WG, announced their first Families First Child Poverty Pioneer Consortia areas: One in North Wales and another in South Wales led by Rhondda Cynon Taf working with Merthyr Tydfil and Blaenau Gwent. The aim of the Child Poverty Pioneer Consortia was to lead in improving the delivery of services to families, especially those living in poverty, as set out in the Child Poverty Strategy.
Each Pioneer Area was tasked with ensuring that efficient and effective service models to support families out of poverty are in place in a way that is consistent with the three strategic objectives of the Child Poverty Strategy.
Two main aims were to develop:
- An effective common assessment and key worker arrangement.
- An integrated family support pathway which meets to aims of Family First with the right balance of interventions.
The consultation was facilitated with professionals, managers, children, young people and their families about:
- CAF/TAF and family support pathways and services;
- experience of multi-agency arrangements;
- Collection and analysis of information.
- How easy or difficult they found getting help.
- Experience of being assessed
- What was helpful/not helpful.
- What might be useful to consider for the future.
Through use of a AF assessment support will be provided to the child, young person or family which meets the needs assessed. The evaluation process will measure it's effectiveness in reducing the number of families developing more complex needs and requiring more intensive and costly interventions.
Name: Sue Phillips
Titlelrole: Participation and Involvement Officer
Telephone: 01443 846200