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’.
I wanted to take this opportunity to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who participated / was involved in Dudley Play Week 2018. Play Week started off as 100 children enjoying a play date at Mary Steven’s Park in 2008… ten years on the event takes place in 5 parks (one in each township of the borough), was attended by an estimated 4,500 children, was supported by 40 services and saw a wide and varied range of activities taking place. The atmosphere was fantastic and feedback from participants was absolutely outstanding.
A report will be circulated before the end of the summer holidays once all of the statistical information has been collated, but I really wanted to take this opportunity to thank everybody involved in making the event so special this year.