Contracts to provide £12 million worth of services supporting victims of domestic abuse, young people with challenging behaviour and parents have been awarded to two county charities.
Northamptonshire County Council has announced that ten four-year contracts for services to support vulnerable families and young people have been awarded to local charities, with nine contracts going to Service Six and the tenth to Youthworks CIC.
Both organisations, in their bids, have brought together a range of local agencies to help deliver what will be vital and positive work to support families in the county.
Helping families as soon as problems emerge
The charities will support the council’s approach to providing early help and prevention services which aims to help families and young people as soon as their problems or difficulties are identified.
Councillor Robin Brown, cabinet member for public health and wellbeing said: “We have been rebuilding and remodelling the support we give to children and families in Northamptonshire by putting more emphasis on early help and prevention services so that families’ difficulties are addressed quickly and their needs do not escalate.
“The cornerstone of this approach is getting the right help to the right families at the right time. Both successful bidders were able to demonstrate that they could provide packages of support to vulnerable children and families in a more seamless way and ultimately with a wider and more creative range of services.
“This is a positive move towards supporting families, focusing on supporting wellbeing through prevention services and in particular working with families in local communities. The contracts focus on local areas because it’s important that we move from a one-size-fits-all model to one that addresses the local needs using our understanding of the profile of the local area.”
Domestic abuse support and help for parents
The services delivered through the contracts will include work with victims of domestic abuse to ensure their continued safety and wellbeing; work with perpetrators of domestic abuse to reduce risks; and work with children affected by domestic abuse to minimise the impact of their experiences.
The services will also include interventions for children and young people to help build resilience against emotional and behavioural problems as well as diversionary activities to reduce low level offending and anti-social behaviour among young people.
Added to this, there will be individual parenting support packages and a programme of peer support for parents.
The contracts will cover ten areas:
- Corby Borough
- Daventry District
- East Northamptonshire District
- Kettering Borough
- Northampton Central
- Northampton East
- Northampton North
- Northampton West
- South Northamptonshire District
- Borough of Wellingborough
Notes to editors
Service Six will be working with Northampton Women’s Aid, Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs and Family Action. Youth Works CIC includes Wellingborough and East Northants Women’s Aid, Homestart, Groundwork and KYI.