Support children in their early years, especially children at risk of adverse childhood experiences
Lead officer – To support children in their early years, especially children at risk of adverse childhood experiencesNPTCBC Director of Education, Leisure and Lifelong Learning
Why is this important?
Adverse childhood experiences are stressful experiences that happen during childhood that directly harm a child (such as, physical or sexual abuse) or affect the environment in which they live (such as growing up in a house with domestic violence)
Investing in digital skills would enable public services to transfer high volume services to the Internet, reducing the cost of public services whilst stimulating innovation in public service delivery through improved citizen insight.
What are we going to do?
By understanding the impact adverse childhood experiences have we know that by intervening early we will be better placed to develop and implement long term, integrated, sustainable solutions based on building the resilience of individuals and the community.
In order to secure more coordinated ways of delivering supportive, preventative and early intervention and prevention strategies we are running a pilot of the children’s community model.
What is a children’s community?
Based on the Harlem Children’s Zone in the USA, Children’s Communities strengthen partnerships by connecting children and their parents to the existing network of services available in an area, as well as bringing new or necessary services closer to the community where appropriate and exploring where improvements can be made.
Sandfields West has been identified as a suitable area to trial the children’s community model as:
- It benefits from good community leadership and activity;
- It has a range of challenges and barriers related to deprivation; and;
- It is geographically compact and offers a relevant community profile to allow us to trial new ways of working which, if successful, can be adapted and deployed across the rest of the county borough