Team who support troubled families in Blackburn with Darwen to be used as national example (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Team who support troubled families in Blackburn with Darwen to be used as national example
A SPECIALIST team set up to help troubled families and vulnerable children in Blackburn and Darwen is to be used as a national example to help others.
Thousands of families have been given support by the borough council’s Children’s Services Department over the past five years.
Now it has been declared one of 20 ‘Pioneering Places’ selected by the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) because of its good work.
It will now share its expertise and experience with similar local authority teams across the UK.
The Blackburn with Darwen early help teams were praised for their ‘clear long-term focus on prevention in order to break the cycle of deprivation and reduce the risk of poor outcomes for children and families’.
Their main aims are keeping children and young people safe, reducing health inequalities, helping children maximise educational potential, mitigating the effects of poverty and improving family well-being Council children’s services boss Frank Connor said: “I am proud the very real successes of the early help and support offered to families in our borough has been recognised.
“They have achieved really positive outcomes including children’s improved attendance at school, building confidence in parents and children and helping them create a stronger family.”
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