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Supporting vulnerable children

All children and young people (CYP) are, by nature of being CYP, vulnerable at some point and at some level. That said, some are at increased risk of vulnerability because of the social, socio-economic, cognitive, ethnic, linguistic or health related factors impacting on themselves, their families or their contexts.

Consequences of being vulnerable may include the following:

  • slower attainment and rates of progress than peers
  • low levels of emotional wellbeing and engagement
  • low self-esteem and poor self-image
  • reduced life chances and increased likelihood of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training)
  • school, social and family exclusion
  • poor health
  • increased likelihood of experiencing or exhibiting bullying behaviour.

However, research indicates that some CYP facing the same situations as others are more resilient and better able to cope and the impact of risk factors as above can be less significant.

The Vulnerable Children Leading Edge Group (VCLEG), which is a collaborative, multi-agency group of Barnet practitioners working with vulnerable children and young people, has written a report about the needs of vulnerable children and young people, which can be found in this document.

A number of organisations and services from the public and voluntary sectors, represented on the VCLEG, work to support vulnerable children in Barnet. Further information on some of the services they offer can be found via the links below.
 

Organisation or service (click link to open website or download information sheet)

Description

Young Carers Information about Barnet Young Carers and Siblings (BYCAS) and tools and materials to help practitioners identify young carers early and ensure they receive appropriate support.

Parenting courses

Information about individual or group courses for parents/carers with children from birth to 18 years (19-25 years for families with a disabled child).
Early Years Vulnerable Families Scheme (funding for childcare)  Information about the Early Years Vulnerable Families (EYVF) scheme which enables eligible children up to 15 hours of free childcare per week.
Educational Psychology Team Information about the Educational Psychology Team (EP). EP's mainly work in schools (nursery, primary, secondary, special school and resource bases), children's centres, playgroups and other educational setttings.
School Exclusions- Education Welfare Team Advice on exclusion and inclusion for schools, parents and professionals.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)  Information about the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), which provides a service to children, adolescents and their families who are experiencing a range of emotional and mental health problems.
Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Information for practitioners about the MASH, which was developed by police, local authorities and other agencies to co-locate safeguarding agencies and their data into a secure, research and decision making unit.
Pavilion Study Centre (Pupil Referral Unit- PRU)  Information about the Pavilion, a pupil referral unit which caters for 11-16 year old young people who have been permanently or are at the risk of permanent exclusion from mainstream education in Barnet.
Pupil Premium/Narrowing the Gap This is a link to a report drawing together examples of effective practice in how schools spend their Pupil Premium funding to maximise achievement.
Adoption Support Service  

Information about Barnet Adoption Support Service, which works with adoptive families after adoption and other relevant links.

See information sheet and flyer for further information.

 

Corporate Parenting Team for Looked After Children Information about Barnet Corporate Parenting Team and the needs of children in care.
Improving Participation/Reducing Risk of NEET 

Links to services which aim to prevent young 14 plus from dropping out of education and increasing young people's retention in employment, education or training until the age of 18.

See information sheet for further information information.

Home Start Information about Home-Start Barnet, a charity offering support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children.
Children's Centres Information about Barnet's children's centres , which provide a variety of advice and support for parents and carers, from pregnancy to when the child goes into reception class at primary school.

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