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The TACT Peterborough Permanency Service

Project start date: April 2017

The Adolescent and Children’s Trust were awarded £1.2m to support Our Peterborough permanency service. We aim to secure permanency without delay for all children and young people in care by offering children and families the same high levels of assessment, preparation, training, support and review regardless of legal status.

Project Summary

 

For those children who are removed from abuse or neglect and taken into care, the alternative must be transformative to their life chances. However, children can often receive significantly different levels of service and support because they happen to be placed on a particular order when they cease to be looked after. This produces inequality and variability within the system.

Our service will reduce the councils reliance on higher cost independent fostering and residential placements, as well as offering high quality training and support to all foster carers, adopters or relatives looking after children who come into care in Peterborough.

The PCC-TACT Permanency Service provides us with an opportunity to transform the way we work with children in care. Together PCC and TACT will secure permanency without delay for all children and young people in care by offering children and families the same high levels of assessment, preparation, training and support regardless of legal status.

Our new service will include: asset based assessment of children entering care, to ensure more and better placement options; development of confidence and skills amongst foster cares through capacity building training; and upskilling of staff to improve placement support and resilience.

Project contact details

Andy Elvin

a.elvin@tactcare.org.uk

Project evaluators

NatCen Social Research

Project partners

Peterborough City Council , The Foyer Federation, Cross Keys Housing, Adoption Plus