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Children and Young People

Mon 20 Apr 2015

Support Staffordshire have been working alongside Staffordshire Council for Voluntary Youth Service and Dave Benge from VAST to have the earliest possible conversation with Staffordshire County Council to discuss the future of Early Help in the county’s work with Children, Young People and Families. The county council are looking for a shift in mindset with a future emphasis on early intervention and self-help, but recognise the need to involve the VCSE sector and communities more widely to bring this to fruition.

We have been working with the Commissioner now responsible, Pat Merrick and colleagues to ensure the sector is involved from the outset and lessons are learned from recent reorganisations. At present we are seeking to influence the broad direction of the work with the council’s Senior Leadership Team. We have clearly outlined our view that the only viable way forward is through designing solutions together and then implementing them collaboratively which has been the consensus of all discussions so far.

We will keep you posted as this work progresses. Our strategic lead for Children and Young people is Sandra Payne, Operations Manager South who can be contacted on sandrapayne@ldcvs.org.uk.