Aimed at young people aged 11 and above and their families, the project, called Building My Future, will build on the council’s nationally recognised – Intensive Therapeutic Short Break Service.
The new funding will allow multi-agency teams to work with more young people to provide early identification of those with potentially complex needs, to work with them and their families to put tailored responsive services in place.
It is expected that this approach will reduce the risk of residential and day special education placements, improved health and mental health and successful transition to adulthood.
Councillor Binda Rai, cabinet member for children’s services said: “Young people and their parents tell us that by working with them we can design services that really meet their needs and better equip them to have successful independent futures.
“This funding allows us to develop creative new approaches that will manage demand and reduce the need for expensive residential health and social care and specialist school placements.”
Robert Goodwill, Minister for Children and Families, said: “Through the Innovation Programme, we continue to fund exciting and pioneering projects that look to shake-up our traditional approach to social care.
“Together they proffer a broad and balanced portfolio which both test new innovations, and scale and spread those that have been successful in Round One of the programme.
“I am delighted that we have supported this project, and look forward to continuing to hear about its great work in the future.”
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