Shifting the Balance of Care
The focus of the Development Fund was on intervening early in relation to children and young people at risk of being looked after at home and accommodated. The aim was to shift the balance of care away from high cost statutory intervention in favour of measures that support the family to address problems which would lead to children needing to become Looked After.
The particular focus for this fund was on the first three of the core objectives of the EYCF:
- Strengthen universal ante natal and early years services especially for vulnerable* children and families
- Reduce the need for children and young people to become Looked After
- Improve support for children and young people Looked After at home to reduce the need for children to be accommodated
- Increase City of Edinburgh Council foster capacity and strengthen Kinship Care arrangements to achieve best outcomes for children and provide best value placements
Community of Practice meetings were held regularly at EVOC in 2014 for the 13 charities in receipt of grants:
- 22nd April 2014 – Client Recording Template and Getting the Right Referrals
- 2nd June 2014 – Working with Outcomes and Sharing Good Practice
- 4th November 2014 – Primary Outcomes Presentations from Projects (Session 1)
- 13th November 2014 – Primary Outcomes Presentations from Projects (Session 2)
|Name of Organisation||Proposal Title||Project Contacts|
|Edinburgh Young Carers (EYC)||Relieving the Pressure
The award will help increase the capacity of EYC to identify and work with high priority young carers between 12 and 15 years to reduce the likelihood of crisis in their home situation leading to the need for the young carer and siblings to be accommodated
and Jamie Faichney
|Circle & Stepping Stones||PrePare Father’s Support
This project builds on successful practice in delivering services to children and families at risk by building on a pilot being undertaken as part of Early Years Collaborative “test for change”. A Fathers’ Worker will be employed to work with partners of women referred to Prepare, working with men during the antenatal phase and post natal to provide ongoing support.
|Maura Daly (Circle) and Anna Chrystal (Stepping Stones)|
|Citadel Youth Centre||Citadel Families Project
The project will focus on providing increased support and capacity building to vulnerable families at an early stage. The main criteria for the target group will be children at risk of being Looked After, or who are already Looked after and at risk of becoming accommodated
|Richmond Craigmillar Church||Muirhouse Satellite Base
Richmond’s Hope provides support at its Craigmillar base to children between the ages of 4 and 18 who have suffered bereavement which has been traumatic for them. The funding will enable a base to be established in Muirhouse to support families in the North of the City.
|Oxgangs Care||Family Playtime
The funding will support a Play at Home Service to families who have a child under 3 who has been identified as having an Intensive or Additional Record of Need.
|Aberlour||Children affected by Parental Substance Misuse Looked After at home
Increased targeted support for pre-school children Looked After at Home and affected by parental substance use.
|Circle & Crossreach||Recovery Hubs: Children & Families Outreach Project
To develop a children and families outreach service in Recovery Hubs in the SE and NE of the City.
|Rhona Hunter (Circle) and Lyn Hair (Sunflower Garden)|
|Homelink Family Support||Antenatal and Postnatal Befriending Service
Funding will enable engagement with “parents to be” who do not take up ante or post natal support and who have been identified by Health and SW as being “at risk” of not coping with their new baby
|AFASIC Scotland||Unlocking Speech & Language for Children & Parents
The service will deliver innovative interventions for at least 60 parents and children, in groups and individually, where a child’s speech, language and communication impairment has been identified
|Arianna Patterson and Judith Woodward|
|Cyrenians||Support, Mediation & Conflict Resolution for Young People & Families
Via support, mediation and conflict resolution, the project will help young people and those responsible for their welfare and wellbeing to be more happy and confident in their relationships and better able to cope with relationships at home or within Kinship Care arrangement, reducing or removing risk of becoming accommodated
|Viki Philips and
Tessa Clark (Project Manager, Amber Mediation)
|Family Support @ Home Programme
The Project will offer support to families of children aged 2-3 years with additional support needs identified at the 27 month health check. This will include a home visiting programme and 1-1 support in community settings too
|Kara Whelan and Michelle Jones|
|Scottish Adoption||Supporting Birth Mothers in Edinburgh
The Project will provide support to birth mothers who have experienced the loss of their child through adoption and break the existing pattern of birth mothers having several children who are accommodated in local authority care and then adopted.
|Children 1st||Intensive Family Support will target families who are barely coping and whom services are not reaching. These families will have indicators of vulnerability and risk. The service will intervene before difficulties escalate or become entrenched; reducing the need for children to require more intensive services or become Looked After||Louise Wilson|