Improving Outcomes and Impacts for Children In Care
Caring Connections Project
In November 2020 we launched our Caring Connections 1-year pilot project funded by 6 grants including: The National Lottery Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund, Scott Bader Commonwealth Limited, the National Lottery Awards for All England and The Faraway Children’s Charity.
Caring Connections delivers 1-2-1, zoom and digital interactions for children in care or care leavers connecting them with free bespoke: supported access to a range of mental health resources and services; extra curricula education opportunities/resources; and access to training, mentoring and employment support. Beneficiaries achieved: increased health and wellbeing; improved education participation and attainment; and increased employability.
The project responds directly to our consultation in 2019-20 to identify the top priorities for looked after children and care leavers. We also needed to mitigate the compounding impact Covid-19 has had on their existing adversity and challenges.
Given the challenges of Covid-19 we worked in partnership with regional registered charity, Service Six, to deliver the project. The pilot was a great success, we met and exceeded targets and outcomes. The pilot results are below.
Caring Connections pilot project infographic: click to view
Based on the pilot success and demand, in November 2021, we continued the Caring Connections project with a view to increasing capacity over-time. Grants from The Faraway Children’s Charity, The Benham Charitable Settlement, The National Lottery Community Fund Awards for All England and The Eric Stanton Northampton Trust have been secured so far to continue the project until at least August 2022. We’re seeking further funds to sustain the project and help more children in care and care leavers.
Charity Children’s Home Model of Excellence
As a result of our Coalition with UK charity, The Crysalys Foundation, in April 2021 Stand Out Northamptonshire convened and led a working group of cross-sector county organisations, towards co-producing a model of excellence for a sustainable not-for-profit and trauma-informed children’s home. Essentially, to improve, the predominantly poor, outcomes and impacts care leavers experience locally and in the UK. In 2021-22 the working group held 10 zoom meetings attended by 19 professionals from diverse disciplines representing 21 organisations. The core sustained group of organisations throughout the year included:
Nene Valley Care Trust
Right Resolutions CIC
The Crysalys Foundation
The Faraway Children’s Charity
The University of Northampton
Dominic Goble DL JP
The Mallows Company
In 2021, we undertook a consultation with children in care and care leavers which we added to our working group progress and collated a model of excellence with informal and formal versions below.
In later 2021 we secured a grant from the Linder Foundation to progress our model development in 2022-23. We’re currently exploring a number of strategic options.