Right Balance for Families is a new approach to social work for children aged 10 to 13 who are already receiving support from social care. The work is being undertaken by social workers in partnership with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, Catch22 and Camden Learning and is funded through the Department for Education Innovation Fund. The government funding makes it possible for us to provide the same level of multi-agency support for this group of children as that currently in place for children in care. We are testing a preventative model to stop problems escalating in the teenage years or identify a need for care earlier to improve long-term outcomes for these children.
We are targeting 10 to 13-year-old children who are a ’child in need‘ with our project because we want to reduce re-referrals for this group as these could be missed opportunities. The transition from primary to secondary school is also an important time, and can be difficult for some children, so additional support may be beneficial. Long-term neglect is recognised as being harmful for children and the Right Balance approach is designed to mitigate this with an opportunity for early intervention to prevent harm during the significant changes that happen to children in adolescence.
For more information, please see the Right Balance for Families leaflet or the slides from our learning event held on 13 February 2019 Right Balance for Families Learning Event