New base for children's services teams

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, April 10, 2014

 

New base for children's services teams

Chairman of the Isle of Wight Council Cllr Ian Ward cuts the ribbon at the official opening of the new building. Picture courtesy of Isle of Wight Council.

TWO CHILDREN’S Services teams have a new base on the Isle of Wight.

The contact and assessment team and new intensive support service are now based at a refurbished property on Fairlee Road, Newport.

The building features rooms designed to make youngsters feel more comfortable during meetings with social workers and supervised visits.

There is a dedicated room for older children that features sofas, TV, a stereo, games including table football and a games console.

It replaces the former Clatterford Road home of the contact and assessment team, which had only one room for children and their families to meet social workers for assessments and supervised visits. The new facility has nine rooms.

The intensive support service will use the building as a base for their work, which involves working with youngsters to help them remain at home rather than be taken into care.

The team also works with social workers when a child is returning from a mainland placement or where there is a planned rehabilitation to their family.

The building was officially opened by Isle of Wight Council chairman Cllr Ian Ward and executive member for children’s services and education Cllr Richard Priest.

Cllr Priest said: "It is really important that we provide a comfortable environment for children, young people and their families when they are going through what can be a very unsettling time.

"This investment in these new facilities demonstrates our commitment to driving up standards within children’s services, one of the council’s key priorities."

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