Support boost for families in Nottinghamshire

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Nottinghamshire County Council wants to hear from people as part of this year’s budget consultation about a new support service for families to help them in times of need.

It set out proposals in November for a new Integrated Family and Child Support service to provide an effective support service for children, young people and their families.

The plans seek to bring together the knowledge and expertise within the county council’s Early Help and Children’s Social Care Family Support teams to introduce a new service which could respond to families’ needs faster, and in a more cost effective but efficient way.

Under the new approach, families would be able to explain their situation to a professional support worker once, who would be their key person throughout the process that they need support, providing continuity and consistency for each family.

The county council is holding an online consultation as well as specific consultation groups for service users to seek people’s views from across the county and is reminding people they have until 16th January 16 to provide their comments, views and ideas.

Coun Kate Foale, vice-chairman of the children’s and young people’s services committee, said: “A single team would bring together best practice and skilled practitioners around early help and family interventions and could be tailored more closely to the needs of individual families.”

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