Social workers ‘going back to school’

Janet Looker

Janet Looker

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SOCIAL workers are moving into the heart of York communities to help ensure struggling families are identified and helped as quickly as possible.

Teams of social workers and family support workers are being based at three schools - Derwent, York High and Canon Lee - to help families in the Tang Hall, Acomb and Clifton areas of the city.

They will lead City of York Council’s early intervention approach, to tackle a range of social problems before they reach crisis levels, said education cabinet member Janet Looker.

She said work would start with young mothers and new-born babies, ranging from the importance of changing their nappies promptly to cuddling them regularly.

“The first two years of a child’s life are critical,” she said. “It is often too late by the time the children are starting school.”

She said a key aim would be to try to reduce the number of children that need to be taken into care.

The number of children in council care rose from 199 to 255 between 2008/9 and 2011/12.

Coun Looker said the programme would not specifically target the families of children at those schools, saying there just happened to be accommodation available there and they were in the right location.

“The aim is to get the social workers out of head office and into the heart of the community,” she said.

Meanwhile, Coun Looker has warned that as the Government squeezed local government funding, the council must look at increasingly imaginative ways of supporting schools and ensuring they get the necessary help.

Coun Looker said this might involve increased cooperation between schools, but she could not go into further detail. She said she had immense pride in the city’s schools and the way they continued to adapt to the shifting requirements of the Ofsted inspection system.

“Our schools are rising to the challenge of such a huge number of changes that have taken place in the past year and on a positive note we are hoping for good things from a recent Ofsted that took place at Tang Hall Primary which is due out soon.”

Coun Looker spoke of the “painful decision” to close Burnholme Community College, but said staff and students were now “sorting themselves out” and looking where they were going to go next.

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11:59am Fri 4 Jan 13

Hoofarted says...

Social problems will continue to rise under this sham of a government. The cost of intervention from all agencies, Social Work, Youth team and Probation to Criminal Justice will treble the savings made by cutting peoples benefits and allowances.

What a foolish false economy these Bullingdon idiots create.
Social problems will continue to rise under this sham of a government. The cost of intervention from all agencies, Social Work, Youth team and Probation to Criminal Justice will treble the savings made by cutting peoples benefits and allowances. What a foolish false economy these Bullingdon idiots create. Hoofarted
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2:21pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Digeorge says...

"She said a key aim would be to try to reduce the number of children that need to be taken into care."

That also includes working with the families concerned and providing support. In addition, a little less of the Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy or Factitious Illness or whatever going around. I gather it is shaken baby syndrome of late. Not saying that abuse does not happen but there is a limit where it is a cover for medical negligence.

A new report which has been circulating on Facebook has been the lack of knowledge of social workers who have knowledge of disabilities and rare genetic conditions falsely targetting adults who have genetic conditions as 'ability to cope'.
"She said a key aim would be to try to reduce the number of children that need to be taken into care." That also includes working with the families concerned and providing support. In addition, a little less of the Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy or Factitious Illness or whatever going around. I gather it is shaken baby syndrome of late. Not saying that abuse does not happen but there is a limit where it is a cover for medical negligence. A new report which has been circulating on Facebook has been the lack of knowledge of social workers who have knowledge of disabilities and rare genetic conditions falsely targetting adults who have genetic conditions as 'ability to cope'. Digeorge
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4:03pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Pete the Brickie says...

Putting school teachers and social services personel in the same building will prove a highly unwelcome distraction for both groups of council employees.
Putting school teachers and social services personel in the same building will prove a highly unwelcome distraction for both groups of council employees. Pete the Brickie
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7:07pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Digeorge says...

Couldn't have thought of anything worse than going to the above schools anyway and with the added stress of having social services on your doorstep!

God help them! I suspect far more 'child protection conferences' than elsewhere.

Thanks for targeting me years back and your crony doctor friends, but I haven't got 'learning disabilities' anyway just happened to have a seriously sick child!
Couldn't have thought of anything worse than going to the above schools anyway and with the added stress of having social services on your doorstep! God help them! I suspect far more 'child protection conferences' than elsewhere. Thanks for targeting me years back and your crony doctor friends, but I haven't got 'learning disabilities' anyway just happened to have a seriously sick child! Digeorge
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