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Barking Council - Early Help Commissioning Lead

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    Barking and Dagenham, London

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    Social Care

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    Lorna Burner

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    16 days ago

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The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (LBBD) commenced an Early Help Improvement Programme, in June 2021, working with partners agencies across Health, Education, Care and VCS, which incorporated the design our future Early Help Target Operating Model that will have three integrated, multi-agency, Best Chance Family Hubs, in the North, West and East of borough. Our Family Hubs will be physical buildings that have yet to be identified and their locations are still to be determined.

THeir Best Chance Family Hubs will be co-terminus with the Primary Care Networks (PCN) and school clusters, premised on the integration of services and having some of the following partner agencies collated: Targeted Early Help service, Health Visiting, Midwifery, Peri-natal mental health; GP's; School nursing, SEND Area Managers, Mental Health advisors, Domestic Abuse workers, Education Inclusion Partners (EIP), Youth Workers, Substance misuse, THRIVE School Ambassadors, our VCS, and commissioned providers.

Duties of the role will be;

  • Commission a framework, which delivers a drop-down menu of high-quality parenting programmes, to suit the varying needs of parents. This framework could consist of providers able to deliver parenting programmes and deliver multi-agency parenting training to staff who will be co-located within the Family Hubs. This framework will also need to include parenting programmes that will cater for parental/couple conflict, child and parent conflict; through to domestic abuse spectrum; managing complex behaviours including adolescent behaviours; ASD; childhood development and vulnerable under 5's etc. This may also include developing new ways of working to ensure a preventative approach, e.g linked into parental/family support services.
  • Commission a parenting/family support service which delivers practical and hand-on support to families in crisis or who are on the verge of crisis, and their children, who may be impacted by poverty; debt, housing issues; parental conflict; physical chastisement; undiagnosed mental health and those children are being impacted by domestic abuse, substance misuse etc, and/or whom may also be stepping down from having been in receipt of targeted interventions, such as substance misuse or domestic abuse or mental health services, or statutory interventions, but who require that ongoing support to sustain positive outcomes. This service could be delivered within the family home and out in the community.
  • Commission a service provider, able to deliver Family Group Conferencing for our Targeted Early Help service, which will deliver up to 50 family group conferences per year.
  • Inform the development work as to the future Youth Offer that is being led by SCIE, to identify suitable commissioned interventions to address gaps in provision for Adolescents with complex challenging behaviours, who are at risk to crimination and exploitation, who are at risk of exclusion and have poor school attendance, and whom have been impacted by domestic abuse,
  • Inform the development of the Early Help and Start for Life offer that is being led by SCIE, working across our partnership to inform the development of a digital portal.

If you are interested in this role please send your updated CV in the first instance.