We (Havering) were awarded up to £2.4m to offer a multi-agency systemic service for 11-24 year olds comprising social workers, foster carers, family therapists, pathway practitioners and other specialists through a co-produced framework of services. Our project, called Face To Face Pathways, aims to change the system conditions, to improve outcomes for young people.
Havering has experienced greater levels of in-migration that any other London borough, resulting in an increase of 26% of children within the care system since 2013. There has been a particular rise in the number of Looked After Children coming into care for the first time. This increase has put huge pressure on in-care service and has resulted in young people frequently placed in high-cost out-of-area placements. This has also driven an increase in care leavers, with some not receiving the most suitable support in their transition to adulthood.
Face To Face Pathways will;
University of Bedfordshire