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Our specialist Keeping Families Connected team was set up in January 2021 after a pilot project to reduce the number of children and young people coming into care. The team is made up of youth workers, adolescent support workers and parent/carer support workers. The purpose of the team is to support young people and their families in order to keep young people out of the care system when being in care is not in their best interests.
Keeping Families Connected support is agreed via a weekly panel and once agreed involvement is for a period of about 12 weeks. The offer is a worker allocated for the young person and a worker for the parents/carers, a restorative and trauma informed approach to repairing relationships within the family, positive activities for the young people and weekly multi agency progress/review meetings to ensure a robust oversight of the plan and agreed actions and to avoid any drift and delay. The edge of care workers do not ‘take over’ from the Social Worker but work alongside them and involved partners (usually Health, Education, Housing and Voluntary and Community Sector).