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Board supports children and families

by Gemma Melling

A new partnership board has been launched in Knowsley to support children, young people and their families.

The Knowsley Children and Families Board will co-ordinate the work of existing agencies who are working with children, young people and their families, to ensure the most effective outcomes.

As well as ensuring partners are working together to deliver the very best outcomes for children, young people and their families, the board has responsibility for monitoring and evaluating the actions and outcomes outlined in the Knowsley Children and Young People’s plan.

The actions outlined in the plan aim to ensure that children and young people in Knowsley have the best start in life, ensuring that agencies provide support to families at the earliest opportunity to prevent issues escalating, where every family thrives and where young people aim high and achieve their potential.

The board held its first meeting on 26 September 2017 and it is scheduled to meet quarterly to keep track of progress, identify any barriers as well as improving practices that will benefit children and young people.

Knowsley Children and Families Board is chaired by Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Cllr Joan Lilly, with representatives from Knowsley Council, primary and secondary schools, special educational needs, along with Knowsley Youth Mutual, Merseyside Police and Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group.

Through the board, resources and expertise can be pooled to maximise the impact partners can make when working with children and families.  Above all, the board will ensure that children and their families are listened to and engaged with, helping to understand what works well and what has positive impacts on their lives.

Supporting the board will be three local networks, representing the main residential areas in the borough.  The networks will draw on professionals and other partners who together can offer local solutions.

How can I get involved?

If you would like to know more about the local networks, or would like to get involved, please contact Helen Williams on 0151 443 3405 (email helen.williams2@knowsley.gov.uk) or Catherine Buckley on 0151 443 3357 (email catherine.buckley@knowsley.gov.uk).

The papers from the first meeting are available on the council’s website.

You can find out the date of all forthcoming meetings on the council’s website.