Investments agreed by Knowsley councillors today will bring enhanced services and support to the borough’s most vulnerable residents.
Services for children with disabilities and adults needing complex care are set to be boosted by almost £900,000 with a proposed pilot scheme to better support families in crisis. This comes alongside £105,000 to fund a dedicated resource to identify and procure specialist support for adults with complex needs.
An additional £500,000 will fund the appointment of more mental health practitioners to help meet the increased demand for support brought upon by the pandemic.
And, to address the significant impact of the lockdowns on the education and wellbeing of children and young people, a further £520,000 will be allocated to a proposal to create a team of school-based social workers supporting vulnerable children.
There’s also a £60,000 boost for more mental health support for young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) through the Knowsley Advice Guidance and Support team.
Providing specialist support for residents enabling them to remain independent for as long as possible is also a priority for the council with £429,000 to be invested in funding a team to work on early intervention services.
Cllr Louise Harbour, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Deputy Leader of the Council said: “Our responsible budgeting as a council means that we’re able to invest much needed funding into key social services. This package of support targets help where it’s needed most – helping those with the most complex needs, supporting families in crisis and offering vital mental health support services.
Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Children said: “As we emerge from the pandemic we recognise the importance of offering services which will improve the health and wellbeing of our most vulnerable children and families – providing support from a wide range of community-based settings, including schools.”