Think Family Learning Network **Current**
Purpose of the Think Family Learning Networks
A key objective of the County Durham Think Family Learning Networks is to facilitate practitioners from a wide range of Adult, Children and Health Services to develop their knowledge, skills and expertise to deliver effective ‘think family’ interventions and support. To support this work we would like to invite practitioners and managers to a quarterly ‘Think Family Learning Network’ to share good practice, learn what’s working and learn what we may need to do differently to ensure all our services deliver effective support to vulnerable families
Review of Stronger Families Family Grant **Current**
Following receipt of a block grant from Greggs Foundation ‘Hardship Fund’ we have been undertaking a review of the Stronger Families Family Grant. There will be a number of changes made to the Stronger Families Family Grant and we aim to bring the two funds together to create a ‘Stronger Families Family Fund’ that will help families on the Stronger Families programme in desperate need who are without essential items such as washing machines, cookers, beds and fridges.
To allow for the transition from the old to new system to take place, the following timescales/deadlines will be in place:
The existing grant system will close on Friday 4th March 2016
The new ‘Stronger Families Family Fund’ will open for new applications on Monday 4th April 2016
We will cascade further information during this time, providing further detail about what items we can fund, submitting an application and procurement processes.
If you have any queries in the meantime feel free to contact me.
Think Family Development Officer
Think Family Services
Children and Adult Services
Durham County Council
Tel: 03000 261763
Changes to Early Help Locality Forums **Current**
The following information is sent on behalf of Karen Davison, Think Family Coordinator;
Dear Early Help Forum Member
Re: Early Help Forum – Changes
As agreed at the recent round of Early Help Forums we are changing the boundaries of the North and East localities in line with Children’s Services locality boundaries.
We would also like to inform you of the newly appointed Chairs and Vice Chairs.
Therefore, the following will be in effect for the next round of forums:
Areas: Newton Aycliffe, Ferryhill, Bishop Auckland and Barnard Castle
Chairperson: Nikki Harmer (CAMHS)
Vice Chairperson: Jane Birtley (Health)
Areas: Stanley, Consett and Durham
Chairperson: Pauline Coglan (Health)
Vice Chair: Allison Underwood(One Point)
Areas: Peterlee, Seaham and Chester le Street
Chairperson: Rebecca Angus (Housing Solutions/FIP)
Vice Chairperson: Emma Wright (One Point)
We will update the terms of reference to reflect these changes and will amend our mailing lists accordingly.
Attached are dates for 2016 forums.
Resilience in Schools **Current**
An update on the children and families element of Wellbeing for Life.
The paper will describe the rationale for the commissioned programmes and developments to date. The three core areas to be discussed include:
1. Community parenting programme (early years)
2. Resilience parenting programme (families with children aged 5 – 13)
3. Whole school approach to resilience (Durham resilience programme)
Support For Prisoners And Their Families In County Durham**Current**
The County Durham Stronger Families Programme, County Durham Prison’s (HMP Durham, Low Newton ,Frankland and YOI Deerbolt) and the Safe Durham Partnership recognise the impact of a custodial sentence upon the relationship between prisoners and their families and are committed to improving the support offered to and accessed by prisoners and their families. The Ministry of Justice Green Paper (2010) acknowledged the importance of family relationships in reducing reoffending and preventing intergenerational crime. Research also shows that prisoners who receive visits and have family support on release are far less likely to reoffend. Nationally 60% of the prison population have dependent children and approximately 160,000 children experience a parent being sent to prison each year. Children with a parent in prison are more likely to suffer mental health problems than their peers and around two thirds of boys with a father in prison will go on to become offenders themselves.
For many families having a family member imprisoned can have detrimental consequences and there is no obvious way to identify families affected by imprisonment. Prisoner’s families need to be treated with respect and helped with appropriate information and support at the earliest opportunity in order to reduce reoffending and vulnerability thus improving children’s outcomes.
To facilitate effective coordinated support for prisoners and their families the Think Family Partnership Mentor will act as a Single Point of Contact for all any practitioner concerned about a family affected by imprisonment.
The Mentor will support practitioners to:-
help the family with prison visits;
make links with the NEPACs Family Support Workers based within each prison;
engage the prisoner in offers of support with a particular focus on preparing for release home and back into local community;
identify concerns or unmet need;
develop a ‘Team around Family’ where appropriate;
link the prisoner, his family and community services.
If you are aware of a family or you are supporting a family who may have a relative in HMP Durham, Deerbolt, Low Newton or Frankland. Please contact:-
Eve Hepworth: Think Family Partnership Mentor, Think Family ServicesTelephone: 03000 261362 Mobile: 07769239682 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Durham’s Stronger Families! **Current**
As you will know over the last year Durham County Council and partner agencies have been developing new ways of working with children, young people and their families who are facing multiple and complex challenges, know nationally as the Troubled Families programme, the intention is to work with over 1,320 families by March 2015 who:
· have children who don’t attend school or who are excluded;
· are involved in antisocial behaviour or crime (including Domestic Abuse);
· are not in work; and
· result in high cost services such as families with children on the child protection list, families affected by parental substance misuse, domestic abuse and mental health problems.
We are doing this by ensuring all agencies working with these families work effectively together using a ‘think family’ multi-agency approach to meet the needs of whole families, rather than focussing only on the child’s or adult’s needs in isolation.
Initially known as the County Durham Think Family Programme, the programme will now be called the County Durham Stronger Families Programme. This will provide a distinction between the specific programme and Durham’s broader ‘Think Family’ agenda which involves a partnership approach to embed a Think Family ethos and whole-family approach across all our services and organisations.
The funding for Stronger Families, which includes some results based funding, is aiming for lasting change for families. To date the programme has resulted in 257 families achieving positive outcomes including getting children and young people back into school, reducing crime and anti-social behaviour and getting young people and parents back on the road to employment.
Please find attached a short briefing regarding the rebranding of the programme , the updated Family Nomination Form and a pdf version of the Family Leaflet which will shortly be printed and circulated to all services. A newly developed website has also been created and will shortly hold practice guidance for frontline practitioners and managers http://www.durham.gov.uk/strongerfamilies
Please do not hestitate to contact the team should you require one of the Think Family Team to meet with your team/service to further discuss the Stronger Families Programme.
Think Family Team Think Family Services 03000 268904 CASThinkFamilyProgrammeTeam@durham.gov.uk
. Stronger Families Briefing
Stronger Families Leaflet
Think Family Employment Advisers **Current**
Please find attached the attached practitioner briefing regarding the newly seconded Think Family Employment Advisers.
If you would like the Employment Advisers to attend a team meeting to brief your staff please do not hesitate to contact them directly.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries.
Think Family Programme Team
Children and Adult Services
Durham County Council
Tel: 03000 268904
Mobile: 07766785323 Employment advisors Brief