New service for children

Coun Ian Grayson.

Coun Ian Grayson.

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A new service is aiming to improve the health and wellbeing of young people.

North Tyneside Council’s Cabinet has agreed plans to reshape its prevention and early intervention services.

The service will have a clear focus on preventing family breakdown and reducing the number of children becoming looked after.

Services such as health visiting, child development, mental health and support for children leaving care will be delivered by four teams combining professional expertise of staff experienced in working with children and families.

Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “These changes represent a fundamental redesign of our prevention and early intervention services.

“Moving to a community-based, integrated approach allows us to provide a range of services in one place and make accessing services quicker and easier.”

“Our primary aim is to enable families to stay together safely, and to support our children and young people to become independent and healthy in adult life.”

A universal offer – featuring services from midwifery to early years health – will be provided as well as targeted support for those most in need. Both services will address the root causes of need, and work with children and families to build the skills and knowledge they need to become independent, healthy and well.

Implementation of the new service will start this month.