Are Children’s Trusts making a positive difference in your area?

“There’s a movement to more joined-up thinking with health and education but traditional boundaries between social services and other professionals are still there.”
John Ramsey, fostering social worker, Hackney Council

“The framework’s in place but it’s about having the resources to pull it together.The difficulty we have is money and staffing isn’t always there so families are pushed from pillar to post.”
Jenny Gravestock, social workerfor children and families team, Sheffield Council

“It’s going from strength to strength, but practitioners are not passing the information on to their clients. This leads to confusion.”
Charles James, residentialchildren’s home manager, Lambeth Council

“For some children in care the trusts are good because they can access services through one place. We get lots of queries about out-of-borough placements and boroughs argue and forget about the child’s needs. Perhaps the trusts will solve this problem.”
Jamie Roome, Fosterlineadviser, Fosterline

“Our trust is managed by another team in the local authority and we have to go to them for information on a client’s behalf, so things can be miscommunicated.”
Rita Taylor, children in careservice manager, Waltham Forest

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