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The expertise of The Children’s Society Include Programme and the National development work that has taken place to ensure the inclusion of young carers and whole family needs in practice and policy inputs not only into delivery of events for our funded work but also to providing bespoke consultancy and training to a range of organisation and Local Authorities.
You can get an overview of our past events and the work we have achieved by reading our Annual Report
Working with the Whole Family: Developing the vision for young carers
The Children’s Society was funded by the Department for Education (previously Department for Children, Schools and Families) to deliver five training events focusing on the specific needs of children caring in families where there is parental substance misuse, parental mental ill health and/or dual diagnosis.
‘We would recommend the approach we have taken with the Include Team. They were engaged in contributing to the emerging Young Carers’ Strategy in Bristol and engaged in workshops before the conference and linked us in with national developments. This was not really a part of their brief but it made us feel they were committed to a ‘Bristol’ perspective and not merely rolling out a national programme’
Mike Nicholson, Area Manager (Social Care), Bristol
Supporting Young Carers and their Families
In 2007 the Department for Education (DfE) funded The Children’s Society Include Programme in partnership with The Princess Royal Trust for Carers for 4 years to deliver capacity building and support to professionals working with young carers and their families. We worked to build the capacity of professionals working with families, where a parent or a child has a disability, physical or mental illness, or where parents misuse substances to identify and support families to prevent or reduce young people from significant caring roles.
‘The quality of the seminars was very high, they were stimulating, the leaders knew their subjects and facilitated the groups very well.’
Maria Bloor, Thurrock Borough Council
Affecting Change for Families: Improving services for young carers and families affected by HIV/AIDS
The Children’s Society Include Project has been awarded funding by the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) to support organisations and professionals to build capacity to improve practice and services for young carers and their families affected by HIV.
A Way Forward: Improving Support for Young Carers and their Families in Bracknell Forest
The overall objective of The Children’s Society work with Bracknell Forest Council was to give short term support to help Bracknell Forest to develop its policy and practice to young carer and their families and to establish a way forward so that children and young people will be protected from inappropriate caring.
Joining Up Hampshire
The Children’s Society is funded by Hampshire County Council Children’s Services Department, from September 2010 until August 2012, to deliver strategic services across the county for young carers. The annual Multi-Agency Training events are being delivered as part of this work. The events are targeted at practitioners and managers from Children’s and Adult Services, Health, Youth Support, Education, Direct Delivery Projects and the Voluntary Sector across Hampshire and supports Hampshire’s multi-agency strategy for Young Carers 2009-2012 encouraging local systems and services to join up and better respond to the needs of whole families. The aim of these conferences is to promote a whole family, joint working approach to work.
'Thank you for your contribution to the Supporting Carers in General Practice Stakeholder Event. Your workshop on 'Tools for GP Surgeries on Supporting Young Carer and their Families' was informative, interesting and well received by all. This is supported by looking at feedback gathered on the day. As part of the ongoing project the RCGP has commited to publishing examples of best practice and we would be grateful if you would agree to us using your workshop initiative'
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