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Scheme to keep more children and families together reaches a milestone

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Vulnerable children and families in Bracknell Forest are getting support to remain safely together with the help of an innovative project, which is celebrating a successful first year.

The council’s children’s services launched the family safeguarding model in November 2017 to support vulnerable children and families to identify and work towards the changes they need to make to stay safely together.

The project brings together professionals in adults and children’s social care, mental health, alcohol and substance misuse and domestic violence, giving families access to and support from the right team to help them overcome their individual challenges.

The family safeguarding model first launched in Hertfordshire and was launched in Bracknell Forest as part of the council’s transformation of the services it provides to support residents. Since the project’s launch, the council has seen a 22 per cent reduction in child protection cases, which means more children are able to remain safely at home with a reduced level of intervention from the council.

The reduction in cases needing more serious interventions is a result of the council’s efforts across its children’s services to improve outcomes for children and families. Feedback from families has been positive, with one parent commenting:

“The support I have had has been fantastic, particularly from the social worker and the mental health worker. Life is better for all of us.”

Cllr Gareth Barnard, executive member for children, young people and learning, said:

“We know that in most cases keeping families together is the best option for children so I’m delighted the hard work of our children’s services is resulting in a downward trend of cases needing more serious interventions. Work to improve the way we support families is ongoing and this is just the beginning of what we hope to achieve with the family safeguarding project in Bracknell Forest.”

For more information about the family safeguarding project, please visit the family safeguarding page.

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