Family Support Resource Services (SSD), Lancaster
This relatively new service started January 2004 in response to the
‘Every Child Matters’ Green Paper, which advocates a universal
children and family service. It is a Lancashire County Council
initiative. This service was established as it was felt that there
was an over-reliance on residential care, and the family centre and
nursery services previously in place were obsolete due to the
influence of agencies such as Sure Start and Home Start. It was
planned as a targeted service whose key aims were to reduce the number
of children entering the care system and to empower parents. This
service is therefore consistent with the five Key Outcomes outlined in
the Children’s Bill, i.e. Being Healthy, Enjoying and Achieving,
Staying Safe, Making a Positive Contribution and economic well-being.
It offers 7 days per week service, if required, 8am – 8pm. The
service provides support to children, young people (0 –18) and their
The Service Manager told me that nine wards in the Morecambe Bay area
are in the 20% most deprived in England, and that approximately 10% of
Lancashire’s 260,000 children 0-17s live in Morecambe Bay. In and
around this area, Social Services work with nearly 900 children with a
disability, approximately 41 children are on the Child Protection
register, and there are approximately 162 ‘Looked After’ children.
England’s north-west also has some of the highest teenage pregnancy
rates in Europe.
The needs the Family Support Resource service provides for include
parenting skills with a view to; addressing routines, stimulation,
health and safety...
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