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Step forward for youth support

22 July 2015

Today (Wednesday 22nd July) Gloucestershire County Council's cabinet agreed to extend the contract with Prospects following a successful seven year partnership, which has seen more young people than ever find the effective help they need.

The move will also mean a significant step forward in the council's commitment to work with partners, including Prospects, to develop the way they support children and families using social care services.

In March this year, the council secured a £1.5 million innovation fund through the Department for Education (DfE) Innovation Programme to transform support for some of the most vulnerable families in the county.

The DfE launched the Innovation Programme to help organisations develop more effective ways of supporting vulnerable children and their families, with a particular focus on young people aged 11 plus who are at risk of harm, in or on the edge of going into care.

The additional funding will help the county council to work with NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, Prospects and Families First to develop this new way of working together.

The aim is to create teams of professionals including social workers, youth support, youth offending workers and mental health workers, so that families and young people get the right specialist support they need.

Cllr Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and young people, said: "The innovation funding from government means that we can build on the successful work we have already done with Prospects and other partners.

"By pulling on a wide variety of expertise we will be able to change the lives of many more families in the county and ensure that everyone in the county have the same opportunities."

Alison Williams, Director of Young People and Families at Prospects, said: "I'm delighted to continue working with Gloucestershire County Council and keep providing life changing support for young people and their families in the county.

"Additional funding from the innovation fund means we will be able to reshape services for the futures to continue to help those who need it most."

It is estimated that around 2,300 young people and their families could benefit from the service which is due to be up-and-running by April 2016.


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