Children, young people and families
We work with partners to help ensure that children and young people are kept safe, receive good quality education and any additional support needs are identified early and addressed.
We work to deliver on the outcomes in the Council’s Corporate Plan and in the partnership Children and Young People Plan to create better life chances for children and young people across the borough; and to promote family and community well-being and encourage cohesive, safe communities.
This includes outcomes in relation to:
- family support and early intervention, including through children’s centres
- early years provision
- youth services
- safeguarding children
- children’s social care
Our last inspection by Ofsted, evaluating the outcomes for looked after children and our services to safeguard and achieve good outcomes for all children and young people, rated our Children’s Services as good.
Children, young people and families key areas of work
Other key areas of our work include:
taking a whole family approach to supporting children and young people through our early intervention services
playing a key role in safeguarding children and young people and supporting them to be successful and achieve good outcomes
strengthening links with voluntary sector organisations, especially where this ensures that youth and play activities are available.
Children, young people and families key areas of improvement
Over the past year we have worked to drive forward further improvements to outcomes for our families through:
- integration of early help practitioners within the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
- new integrated Early Years model developed for consultation through the Children’s Trust Board
- introduction of new therapies as part of the Social Care Innovation Fund
- implementation of the joint Child Sexual Exploitation/Early Intervention Protocol and the commissioning of a Child Sexual Exploitation Worker
- implementation of successful edge of care strategies to support low numbers of child protection and looked after children
- good outcomes for looked after children through adoption and permanence
- strengthened approach to quality assurance.
Help and guidance for families (including childcare)
We hope that you find the information you need on our website but if you need help, please contact our FYi team and they will endeavour to provide the information you require on a range of childcare or family issues.
You can also visit DirectMe which provides information on services and activities for children, young people and their families in Barnet.
Working with children in Barnet for practitioners
If you are a practitioner who works with children in Barnet please visit our dedicated website which includes a wide range of information on issues such as training, processes such as the Common Assessment Framework and how to obtain funding.