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’.
A group of seven children in care and care leavers from Dudley recently went to Worcestershire County Cricket Club to take part in an event for Children in Care Councils from across the West Midlands.
We got to meet loads of other people who are in care that are all working to make things better, as well as taking part in workshops on things like Independent Living and the work of the RSPCA.
‘My favourite part of the day was the market place. I helped to make a display that we took with us, and could explain to everyone what we have been doing, and we could speak to other groups about their work’ – Shanika.
It was a huge success, click here to for further details of the event.
Participation Officer - Looked After & Care Leavers