Halton Borough Council is pleased to offer an exciting opportunity for appropriately qualified providers to deliver a service that will support the achievement of Halton Children’s Trust priorities to ‘Improve outcomes for children and young people through embedding integrated processes to deliver early help and support’, and ‘Improve outcomes for our most vulnerable children and young people by targeting services effectively’.
The service will deliver two interrelated and complementary primary functions. The first of these is to fulfil the role of Halton Borough Council’s Senior Parenting Practitioner, which will entail undertaking responsibility for the co-ordination and multi-agency delivery of higher-level and more complex (Level 4) evidence-based parenting programmes, together with a training and consultation role in relation to generic lower-level parenting support sessions delivered in Children’s Centres.
The second function is to recruit, train, manage and support volunteers from the local community to deliver a home visiting ‘buddying’ service to families with additional low level needs, targeted primarily at parents and carers with children under the age of 5 years. The focus of the ‘buddying’ service will be to offer support to parents and carers who are experiencing difficulties with parenting, including understanding their child’s development and behaviour, and isolation within their community; signposting families to other services, particularly Children’s Centres, will form a critical part of the service.
Halton’s Children’s Trust has embraced the delivery of Early Help and Support, as recommended in the Allen Report (January and July 2011) and the Munro Review (May 2011), and has embedded it within its Team around the Family developments. As part of this focus, Halton Children’s Trust is committed to the delivery of recommended evidence–based interventions identified in the Allen Report as the 25 best Early Intervention programmes in the UK. Over a number of years, Halton Children’s Trust has funded training for practitioners in Triple P (Positive Parenting Programme), which is listed as one of the identified programmes, and will therefore build upon this pool of expertise by continuing to focus upon delivery of this particular programme.
The service will be delivered in alignment with Halton Children’s Trust Early Help and Support strategy and will ensure that its approach and practice supports intervening early in order to prevent the needs of children and young people escalating to a point where higher level, more specialist intervention is required. The service will operate within Halton’s Team around the Family model as an integral element of its multi-agency service provision, and will work closely with partners to ensure optimum integration of service delivery, processes and performance management. As an essential aspect of this alignment, the service will embed and implement the principles of the Think Family approach in all aspects of its practice and service delivery. The service will also be delivered in alignment with Halton Children’s Trust’s Children and Young People’s Emotional Well-Being and Mental Health Pathway for Universal and Targeted Services.
Halton Borough Council is committed to providing high quality provision for our diverse community and we invite Voluntary, Private and Community Groups to help us achieve our Halton Children’s Trust priorities.
The indicative budget for this is £31,000 It is proposed the contract will start on 1st April 2012. Please note that we are proposing to hold an interview on Wednesday 21st March* and would ask that the Service Manager or Co-ordinator of the service and a practitioner who would be involved in delivering the service attends.
* This date may change.
The procurement exercise will be conducted through ‘the Chest’ on Due North. If you are interested please register on ‘The Chest’ the North West’s Local Authority Procurement Portal at www.thechest.nwce.gov.uk. If you need any further help or information please contact:
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