Barnardo’s teams up with council in trailblazing project

Children’s charity Barnardo’s is teaming up with Leicestershire County Council in a trailblazing project to help improve the lives of vulnerable children and families.

It is the latest in a growing number of strategic partnerships Barnardo’s is involved in to co-design, co-create and co-deliver local social care services for children, young people and families.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said:

We’re very much looking forward to the opportunity of bringing Barnardo’s expertise and track record to this bold partnership with Leicestershire County Council.

We strongly believe a partnership approach helps address the increasingly complex needs of children and young people in a more holistic way. We are confident we can play our part in improving the lives of children and young people in Leicestershire.

Ivan Ould, county council cabinet member for children and families, said:

We’re delighted to be working with Barnardo’s, an established charity which has a track record of improving the lives of children and young people.

This is a new, innovative way of working. It’s a bold, but exciting step. We’re always looking to improve and develop our services for children and families in Leicestershire, and we’re excited to be working in partnership with Barnardo’s.

Our priority is ensuring we’re providing support to young people on the edge of care and improving sufficiency for those youngsters placed in our care. We believe that by working in partnership with Barnardo’s, we will be able to improve and enhance these key and critical areas of our work.

The ‘innovation partnership’, of up to ten years, covers the whole system, from the point of entry into children’s services through to leaving care.

It aims to support services to deliver the best outcomes for children and young people and to manage demand. The council has more than 550 children in its care, and the figure is rising.

The partnership will help to enhance support to young people and families on the ‘edge of care’, in care and care leavers.

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