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Northwood Cradle to Career update

by Lisa Bennett

The Knowsley Children and Families Board has today received an update on the progress and the implementation of the Cradle to Career Project in Northwood, Kirkby.

The Cradle to Career programme brings together residents, local services, professionals and community leaders to support children and young people. It puts people at the heart of education, services and local-decision making, aiming to improve literacy standards among children, give families easy access to the support they need, improve the quality of life for all and create new to improve the life chances of children and young people.

The Council has been working with Right to Succeed, local primary, secondary and special schools in Kirkby to share ideas and best practice in order to support children and young people to develop and thrive. Right to Succeed is a charitable organisation which supports communities to enable them to take ownership of the development of the area in which they live, addressing key issues affecting them and building on the strengths already in the community.

The project is being delivered in four strands:-

  • Education, Employment and Skills: understanding needs at transition (early years to primary and primary to secondary school). To date, a literacy project is progressing, mapping pupils’ reading from early years foundation stage (EYFS) through to Key Stage 3.
  • Education, Employment and Skills – post-16 transition and providing support which can identify those young people at risk of being not in employment, education or training, as well as support provided through enhanced careers provision and the Talk for Work training, aimed at supporting speech and language needs. Further engagement with employers is planned to identify further opportunities for young people.
  • Services: Youth Provision and ensuring there is appropriate youth provision in Northwood. A youth consultation has been undertaken with almost 450 young people taking part in order to identify where there are gaps. The results will feed into the youth provision tender process with the main priorities including sports, arts and gaming activities as well as benefiting from a detached youth worker and a youth hub in the area.
  • Services: Family Support Hub and ensuring families have access to the right information, advice and guidance to support their child’s development as well as social, emotional and mental health support for the whole family. A multi-disciplinary team has already been established including representatives from social care, early help and family connectors in place (connecting families to the appropriate support services) and family first workers also due to join the team who will help to identify issues at an early stage and provide support. Support tailored support is being provided through other agencies, including housing support provided by Livv Housing Group. Tailored mental health support will shortly be provided.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:

“I’m delighted to see the progress being made with the Northwood Cradle to Career Project. It’s great to see the different agencies, our schools and the community working together to identify issues and solutions for the benefit of local people and the local area.”