YSS wins tender for Early Help Commissioned Service in Shropshire

Early Help support for vulnerable children, young people and their families: Outcome of Tendering Process for Early Help Commissioned Service (SMN 001)

Following a competitive tender process, Shropshire Council is pleased to report that Youth Support Services (YSS) have been awarded the contract for this service

 YSS currently deliver the DIVERT service, commissioned by Shropshire Council.YSS will play the role of ‘lead provider’ in a partnership comprising YSS, Shropshire Home Start and Shropshire’s Provider Consortium (SPC). The latter is a local Community Interest Company, which supports a collective of Shropshire-based community and voluntary sector organisations.

The Service will provide targeted & preventative support to vulnerable children, young people and their families. It will be a vital element of Shropshire’s Early Help Offer and links to local strategic priorities, such as “ensuring the mental wellbeing of our children and young people.” (Children and Young People Plan 2013).

“Our vision for Early Help in Shropshire is to keep children safe. We want to ensure that they are thriving and are well prepared throughout the journey of childhood into adulthood. The Early Help Offer and this service will equip children, young people and their parents / carers with knowledge, awareness and skills to support this journey.” Says Kathryn Edwards, Shropshire Council’s Head of Safeguarding Children

“YSS’s application demonstrated a number of qualities which we believe will work very well for children and families.” says Marion Versluijs (Shropshire Council’s Service Planning Development Officer and a member of the application evaluation panel).

“The partnership consists of experienced providers with local knowledge and expertise across a wide range of areas affecting families. This means that the service can be flexible and adapt to changing circumstances. It also means that by pooling resources, the partnership can maintain focus on frontline staff and volunteers.”

“We greatly look forward to developing these Early Help services with Shropshire Council.”  says Rob Smith, CEO of YSS.

“As a locally based partnership YSS, Home Start and SPC have developed a flexible model of service delivery that can bring a tremendous amount of added value to working with children and families from our other activities. This will include a large amount of bespoke one to one support in addition to group programmes and extra specialist support. “

The contract for the service will start on September 1st, 2013 and the Council is already working with YSS and its partners to ensure that there is a smooth transition to the new arrangements.

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