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1 Why Parents Matter Maggie Carter Assistant Director, Learner & Family Support Parent Support Adviser Training

2 Being a parent is… Great! A Challenge Lonely Scary Fun A responsibilit y Key to Improving Life Chances

3 Supporting parents is a priority Every Parent Matters Comprehensiv e strategy to support and involve parents Youth, family and future generations

4 Children Act 2004 The Act puts improving children’s well being at the heart of our policies by creating clear shared outcomes across services embedded in legislation The Act places a duty on local authorities to make arrangements through which key agencies co-operate to improve the well- being of children and young people and widen services’ powers to pool budgets in support of this

5 Children Act – the Outcomes Framework 5 Key Outcomes Be Healthy – enjoying good physical and mental health and living a healthy lifestyle Stay Safe – being protected from harm and neglect and growing up able to look after themselves Enjoy & Achieve – getting the most out of life and developing broad skills for adulthood Make a Positive Contribution – to the community and to society and not engaging in anti-social or offending behaviour Achieve Economic Well-Being

6 Children Act Children’s Trust Arrangements by 2008 Outcomes for children & young people

7 In Plymouth… Integrated Governance Lead member for Children’s Services Director of Children’s Services Four Assistant Directors Children & Young People’s Trust Board

8 Integrated Strategy Children and Young People’s Plan Priorities Joint Commissioning Strategy Parenting & Family Support Strategy

9 Integrated Processes Child Concern Model to Common Assessment Framework Information sharing protocol

10 Integrated Front Line Delivery Locality Service Delivery — Children’s Centres — Extended Schools — School Collaborations Integrated specialist teams e.g. Disability / Looked After Children


12 Family Support Wheel of Integrated Service Delivery Integrated Locality Team CAMHS Education Welfare Officers Police Health Visitors Community Public Health Workers Community Educational Psychology Service Behaviour Support Team Parent Partnership Extended Schools Coordinators Parent Support Advisors Coordinator Parent Support Advisors Connexions Advice & Assessment Speech & Language Therapist School Based Staff Early Years Education Early Years Childcare Housing GP Surgeries Dentists Optometrists City Wide Specialist Services Providing Family Support Locality Based Services Providing Family Support The Zone Youth Offending Service Integrated Disability Team Specialist CAMHS Respect (Family Outreach Project) Parenting Programmes Integrated Information System Community Voluntary and Faith Sector Voluntary Representation Specialist Parenting Programmes Children’s Centre Leaders Children’s Fund Programmes Multi Agency Support Team Youth Social Care  Fostering & Adoption  Looked After Children  Family Support Services  Children In The Community  Safeguarding  16+ Plymouth Inclusive Education Transitions Team Multi Agency Support Team Coordinators Plymouth Adult Community Learning Service Safeguarding is everyone’s business City Wide Specialist Services Locality Based Teams offering Universal and Targeted Services with a Focus on Prevention and Early Intervention

13 Parenting and Family Support Strategy The Government is asking local authorities to: Develop a strategy for the design and delivery of parenting support services that informs the Children and Young People’s Plan and takes account of parent’s views. Develop support services along a continuum, from early intervention and preventative services through to the use of enforcement measures. Identify a single commissioner of parenting support services, and Commission parenting programmes that are evidence based. There is scope for innovation too!

14 Why do we need this Strategy? By taking a strategic approach to the development and commissioning of parenting support services we will be more effective at meeting the needs of families We will develop a continuum of parenting support which should reduce levels of duplication and ultimately improve outcomes for children/young people by working in a smarter way ‘Parent Support Services’ are defined as any activity or facility aimed at providing information, advice and support to parents and carers to help them in bringing up their children

15 The Continuum of Services Specialist Provision Including enforcement Targeted / Preventative Provision Universal Provision 100% of Parents Parenting/Family Support e.g. Parenting Orders, Care Orders, ASBOs, Specialist CAHMS e.g. Parenting Workshops, Behaviour Support Team, Community CAHMS, Education Welfare Service, Voluntary Sector Service e.g. Information Services, Books, TV programmes, Health Visiting, Extended Schools and Children’s Centres, PSAs

16 Easily Accessible Information support and advice Early intervention Makes a difference In localities Part of where children go every day How and where parents want it Specialist Provision Targeted Provision Universal Provision A continuum of support Parent & Family Support Strategy

17 So… we know that Parents are the centre of children's lives 75% of parents want to know how to be better parents Schools and early years settings see children and young people every day Partnership between parents and schools has positive impact on children’s achievement (and vice versa!) Schools want to support parents and parents want to support schools – but it can be scary!

18 We want: Parents to have access to information, support and guidance appropriate to their needs Parents to contribute to planning for their children Parents to contribute to planning of services for all children and young people locally and citywide

19 Involving parents is a priority Parent Carer Forum Recruitment Children’s Trust Board Planning Developing & Monitoring Services

20 So the future is… Higher profile for parents Collaborative Local A challenge to old attitudes / ways of working A funding challenge Developing new roles and new relationships Stronger collective voice for parents Showing how we make a difference

21 We need you to: Be part of the continuum of support for parents in Plymouth Work alongside parents Help parents to understand ‘the system’ and ‘the system’ to understand parents Enable parents to put across their views effectively via the Forum and individually Be a bridge between parents, schools and services Good Luck!!

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