Barnado’s to collaborate with council on children’s services

Children’s charity Barnardo’s is set to work with Leicestershire County Council in a trailblazing project to help improve the lives of children and families.

Reported as one of the first of its kind in the UK, the partnership will draw together the council’s skills and expertise with those of a key partner to design and deliver support vulnerable children and families. Covering the whole system, the innovative partnership will manage demand, provide the most cost-effective placement and support services to deliver the best outcomes for children and young people.

Ivan Ould, cabinet member for children and families, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Barnardo’s, an established charity which has a track record of improving the lives of children and young people. This is a new, innovative way of working. It’s a bold, but exciting step. We’re always looking to improve and develop our services for children and families in Leicestershire, and we’re excited to be working in partnership with Barnardo’s.

“Our priority is ensuring we’re providing support to young people on the edge of care and improving sufficiency for those youngsters placed in our care. We believe that by working in partnership with Barnardo’s, we will be able to improve and enhance these key and critical areas of our work.”

Steve Oversby, director of Barnardo’s East region, added: “We’re very much looking forward to the opportunity of bringing Barnardo’s expertise and track record to this bold partnership with Leicestershire County Council. We strongly believe a partnership approach helps address the increasingly complex needs of children and young people in a more holistic way. We are confident we can play our part in improving the lives of children and young people in Leicestershire.”

The council has more than 550 children in its care, and the figure is rising.