Perth & Kinross Council introduces additional support to strengthen families

Perth & Kinross Council is introducing a new range of support services for local families.

The support, which will be provided by three newly commissioned partner agencies, will focus on three specific areas of support: Intensive family support; Support for children living in substance misusing households and early years parenting support.

Partner agencies

Aberlour Childcare Trust together with Home-Start Perth and Barnardo's have been contracted to provide high quality, home-based family support aimed at securing nurturing environments for children.

Aberlour Childcare Trust will provide intensive family support services and will be accessible seven days per week.  It will focus on families with children aged 5-11 years- old and help ensure youngsters will be supported to remain at home where possible. The service will engage with parents to improve their capacity to care for their children, provide practical support and help build their ability to engage with their community. The service will be flexible in its intensity and will encourage the building of family routines and improve parental confidence and responsibility.

Barnardo's will provide support for children living in substance misusing households.  This service will respond to the needs of children and young people aged 8-16 years-old who have experience of parental substance misuse, poor parental mental health and who may be living in households where there is domestic violence. 

Home-Start Perth will provide the Early Years Parenting Support Service.  Home-Start Perth aims to use a volunteering approach to engage and work alongside parents with an unborn baby or child(ren) under 5 years-old where an early intervention or prevention approach is needed.  The service will improve the capacity of parents to support their child(ren) to thrive and meet age appropriate developmental milestones that will enable them to be ready for school.  It will also assist parents to build their own confidence and engage with other services to get any other support they need.

Great news for families in need of support

Perth & Kinross Council's Life Long learning Committee Vice-Convener Councillor Callum Purves commented: "The introduction of these partner agencies is great news for families in need of additional support in Perth and Kinross.  The contracts the Council has agreed with the three third sector organisations will provide them with a substantial period of time to develop their services and make a significant difference for families and our communities.

"Their performance will be regularly monitored to ensure they are contributing to not only national outcomes but also our local outcomes specified in the 'Tayside Plan for Children, Young People and Families'.

"It is also reassuring to learn that the concept of a 'whole family approach' will be used to ensure that partners continue to work closely to achieve the most positive outcomes for children, young people and their families in Perth and Kinross."

Personalised and flexible services

Jim Wallace, director of services at Aberlour Childcare Trust said: "We are extremely proud and thankful to have won this funding from the Perth and Kinross council. As we strongly demonstrated in our work with Ross-shire service, getting in there early to support the children and families when they need it really works, and we're looking forward to replicating its success here in Perth and Kinross. 

"Family issues and crises don't wait until 9am Monday morning, which is why our service is so important to the families we work with; it's personalised and flexible, delivered in the evenings and at weekends. The experienced support workers who will deliver our Sustain service will also be working in close partnership with schools, social workers and the council to develop a joined-up approach for each family."

Nicholas Morris from Home-Start Perth added: "Home-Start Perth is delighted to have been chosen to support young families in Perth and Kinross. We are looking forward to continuing to help families with young children deal with the challenges they face."

Claire Wilson of Barnardo's Scotland commented: "Barnardo's Scotland is delighted to be partnering with Perth & Kinross Council and look forward to working with them delivering the new services and supporting families in the local area."