Family Support Resource Services (SSD), Lancaster

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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 families. 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... ... middle of paper ... ...Trevithick, P. (2000) Social Work Skills a practice handbook, Buckinghamshire, Open Press. Bibliography (cont) Policy’s Assessing Children in Need and their Families: Practice Guidance (2000), London, The Stationary Office Ltd ================================================================= Department for Education and Employment (1994), The code of practice on the Identification and Assessment of Special Educational Needs, HMSO, London Every Child Matters (2003) Department Of Health, London, The Stationary Office Ltd Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families (1999) Department Of Health, London, The Stationary Office Ltd Working together to Safeguard Children (1999) Department of Health, London, The Stationary Office Ltd Internet www.goldenessays.com

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