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Children have the best start in life

The first few years of every child's life help shape the skills they gain and the choices they make throughout their lives. We want children and their families, communities and services to work together to provide positive childhood experiences, support when it is needed and to ensure every child in Kirklees starts school healthy, happy and ready to learn.

Children's journeys through school and into adult life shape the rest of their lives. We want to prepare all children for successful, independent lives where they have the skills they need to achieve their aspirations.

What we're aiming to achieve

  • Confident children ready to do well at school and in life.
  • Better outcomes for vulnerable children.
  • Child focused activities that support families.
  • As many children as possible staying with their families.

Priorities for action

1. Transform the way we support children and families with SEND

Action

Transform the way we support children and families with SEND by providing more support early, starting this year with providing a new helpline for professionals and parents.

Deliverable(s)

  • Phase 1 - Put in place and grow our inclusion support offer for professionals.
    Complete.
  • Phase 2 - Scope and establish a plan for widening this service for parents and carers.
    Timescale: End of November 2021.
  • Capital plan signed off to achieve an increase in the number of places for children in special schools in Kirklees.
    Timescale: November 2021.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Carole Pattison


2. Improve the number of places for young people to go

Action

Improve the number of places for young people to go.

Deliverable(s)

  • Increase the number of safe places for young people to go in their communities, by approving the Youth Places to Go grant scheme.
    Timescale: November 2021.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Viv Kendrick


3. Improve the targeted Early Support available in local places this year

Action

Improve the targeted Early Support available in local places this year.

Deliverable(s)

  • Provide support for families through our integrated Families Together (our Family Hubs) offer.
    Timescale: End of October 2021.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Viv Kendrick


4. Achieve outstanding Children's Social Care this year.

Action

Achieve outstanding Children's Social Care this year.

Deliverable(s)

  • Increase the number of children who are cared for in Kirklees by opening an additional children's home.
    Timescale: Winter 2022.
  • Improve the financial support to care leavers through the new Care Leaver and Staying Put policies.
    Timescale: Mid October 2021.
  • Improve our grading at the next social care inspection.
    Timescale: At the next social care inspection.

Portfolio holder

Councillor Viv Kendrick


Tracking our progress

  • School readiness: good level of development at the end of Reception.
  • Placement stability for our Looked After Children.

Auntie Pam's

Auntie Pam's was created in 2009 within the then local NHS Primary Care Trust, providing a community-based resource to support improved health and well-being outcomes for mums, mums to be and babies. The service was created to address a range of poor maternal health outcomes and behaviours and was designed using intensive social marketing techniques and co-production.

Town centre venues in Dewsbury and Huddersfield operate a drop-in service delivered by peer support volunteers and backed by support, expertise, and resources from the public sector. However, the pandemic restrictions meant that both centres had to close. Volunteers suggested that a mobile phone service, delivered by them from home, would still offer a limited but needed service. The gradual reduction in local COVID-19 cases has meant that both centres have (with restrictions) been able to extend their drop in provision again. The service saw the pandemic as an opportunity to review and refresh some aspects of delivery based on experiences and identified needs. Providing place-based peer support, as well as in both centres, is one way that depth and reach can be expanded.

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