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Better Support for our most vulnerable young people


Proposals for a new service to help some of the county's most vulnerable children are being presented to Gloucestershire County Council's cabinet next week.

At the meeting on 1st February, councillors will be asked to approve plans to develop a more joined up approach to supporting children and young people with the most complex needs.

In Gloucestershire during 2015/16, 69 children and young people had challenging and complex needs which made living with their family or in a family-based foster placement very difficult.

For these young people, providing intensive, locally based support, including foster care or residential care isn't always possible. Young people sometimes are placed a long way from friends, family and communities in order to receive the specialised support they need.

Working alongside the NHS, the council will put together a radical new service that would help these youngsters to stay local and get the help they need to make the most of their opportunities. The service will combine skilled foster carers, local short term children's homes, mental health support and family based work for young people and their families.  It will carry out intensive targeted work and provide wrap around support

Cllr Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and young people, said: "This is a new and exciting approach for addressing the needs of some of our most troubled young people.  We'll be bringing together a dedicated team of specialists in a safe environment to help and support both them and their families. 

"This approach has been piloted in a couple of other areas of the country. and by bringing it to Gloucestershire we can really improve the lives of some our most vulnerable children."

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