We recognise the most important influence in a child’s life is family. Children who grow up with safe, stable and nurturing relationships form stronger friendships, develop greater resilience, achieve more in school and are more likely to build positive relationships throughout their lives.
We are child focussed in our intent but recognise that the most effective way to help and protect children is to work alongside the whole family. Therefore strengthening families is central to our aims as we know that families have greater capacity for change when we work with them as partners. This is part of an evidence based approach known asRestorative Practice.
We aim to embed a culture across our workforce where dignity and respect is the basis for our interventions. Every member of staff will understand the principles of Restorative Practice and its ethos will underpin all of our work and align to the borough vision of ‘Forging a Future for all’.
The safe and sound website has had a refresh and now boasts a ‘help hub’ where the members of the public and professionals can quickly and easily access useful documents, links, resources and information on reporting.
The help hub is topic based and includes handy icons highlighting information particularly useful to professionals and young people.
Since its formation in 1998, safe and sound has tackled a number of issues through campaign work. This work has helped raise awareness of a number of issues and most importantly encouraged reporting of issues such as Domestic Abuse.