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Sure Start Children’s Centres - raising parental aspirations. presented by Lin Simmonds, Lead - Sure Start West Sure Start Children’s Centre Review Newcastle Sure Start Children's Centre Areas Sure Start North Children’s Centres. Sure Start Outer West Children’s Centres Sure Start West Riverside Children’s Centres Sure Start East Children’s Centres Sure Start Central Children’s Centres A summary of who we are. • Two Children’s Centres - Westgate and Armstrong - built upon former Sure Start local programmes. • The ‘Centres’ are networks of provision including the PVI, maintained statutory partners, health, Job Centre Plus and Sure Start grant funded services working together. • There is a single area Partnership Board on which partners and parents are represented and there are integrated management and leadership arrangements. • Sure Start delivery team developing and delivering services across both Children’s Centre networks, in order to maximise our reach. • Sure Start West Riverside Children’s Centres work in areas that range from 1% to 30% of the most disadvantaged super output areas. Sure Start West Riverside Children’s Centres Sure Start Sure Start Westgate Armstrong Children’s Children’s Centre Centre The range and effectiveness of services provided • Wide range of services provided by Sure Start West Riverside. • Parents told us that they knew about 31 unique and different services in their immediate area with responses showing that most parents knew about 2 or more services. • 60% of parents said they were very effective, 37% said that services were effective and none felt that services were not effective. • Partners said “a wide and varied range of services exist which reflect the individuality of the areas and communities they serve”. Funding, sustainability, and value for money • 2008-2009 Sure Start West Riverside received an annual grant of £800,000 for each of its Children’s Centres. • Invested in local social infrastructure; commissioning local voluntary and community sector partners to deliver many of our services. • Also provide training and operational support for partners, increasing their capacity to provide accessible services. • Value for money achieved by the maximisation of partnership working and the sharing of resources with others. • Capital investments are supported by revenue grant. • Able to commission and deliver a broad range of local and city wide services that meet the needs of local children and families. Staffing, governance, management and strategic planning • Staff are well trained and hold qualifications appropriate to their role. • Strong and experienced Senior Management Team (SMT) provide leadership and direction with a clear focus on outcomes, evaluation and review in order to continually strive towards improved quality and reach. • West Riverside Partnership responsible for agreeing the local vision, supporting the management team to decide on the actions and resources necessary to achieve the vision; reviewing progress, providing challenge and contributing to our commissioning decisions. How we work with other partners and other services • A network of services delivered from a number of sites throughout the Sure Start West Riverside area. • We work closely with a wide variety of partners from the voluntary, community and faith sectors; commissioning and working in partnership with them. • Utilising the trust and expertise of local specialist services for example specialist debt, homeless and health advice projects, to maximise reach. • Representation from VCS partners within the governance structure of the Sure Start Area. How we work with other partners and other services • 73% of parents strongly agreed that Sure Start staff are knowledgeable and able to help them and their family. • Through the use of the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) an effective and integrated approach to early intervention and prevention is being used. • Through our Supporting Families process health partners, social care and other targeted services work together to determine packages of support for vulnerable children. • Partners such as Health workers and Job Centre Plus provide drop-in session at our Children’s Centres settings and our ‘shop-front’, The Sure Start Information Point service. Raising parental aspirations • We take a holistic approach, it’s not just about employability. • Welcoming, affirming, supportive ethos – the extra mile. • Activities which building parents’ self confidence and self esteem • Supporting parents in their role as parents. • Starting where parents are – parents come for lots of reasons • Positive role models. Raising parental aspirations • Adult and family learning courses • Skills for Life (Test the Toon) • Links with Job Centre Plus. • Celebrations, recognition, rewards • Working to employ parents directly where we can • Parents’ Voice • Parents on the Board • Feedback to parents Services are being accessed by those most in need Recent information gathered from parents, evidences that by accessing Sure Start Services in / through Sure Start West Riverside Children’s Centres, vulnerable children and families have been helped to: access welfare rights and financial advice, join the library, access local play provision, find a childcare place for their child, join a toy library, take part in family learning activities and access family activity services. Questions? How have you approached this in your area and with what outcomes? What are the key ingredients for success?
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