Pathways to Prospects Work Focussed Services in Redcar and Cleveland (Child Poverty Pilot)
Pathways to Prospects defined <ul><li>A joint pilot between Jobcentre Plus and Children’s Centres from January 2009 to Mar...
Aim of the project   <ul><li>To reduce child poverty by engaging parents in labour market related activity in order to mov...
Background to the Bid  <ul><li>Established history of positive joint working with Jobcentre Plus </li></ul><ul><li>Excelle...
Relevance of the pilot for Redcar and Cleveland <ul><li>In 2007 Redcar & Cleveland ranked 50 out of 354 Local Authorities ...
Key Activities   <ul><li>Engagement and confidence building activities </li></ul><ul><li>Provision of a broad range of tra...
<ul><li>CRB clearances </li></ul><ul><li>IT ! </li></ul>Challenges
Key Outcomes <ul><li>708 parents engaged in the pilot across 3 children’s centres </li></ul><ul><li>621 parents accessed b...
Key Outcomes   continued <ul><li>Effective engagement of the Jobcentre Plus target group </li></ul><ul><li>Access to partn...
Critical success factors   <ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Shared commitment and vision </li></ul><ul><li>Effectiv...
<ul><li>Additional knowledge and skills of both Jobcentre Plus staff and Children’s Centre staff </li></ul><ul><li>Signifi...
<ul><li>Jobcentre Plus Advisors in Children’s Centres extended to March 2012 but with new remit </li></ul><ul><li>Continua...
<ul><li>Continue to build on the good practice developed  through the Pathways pilot </li></ul><ul><li>Locally the Wise Gr...
<ul><li>The reduction of Child Poverty is a collective responsibility. </li></ul><ul><li>Individually the efforts of any o...
<ul><li>Work-Focused Services in Children’s Centres Pilot: Final Report  </li></ul><ul><li>Rachel Marangozov and Helen Ste...
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This is the presentation delivered by Vanessa Newlands at the Breaking the Cycle of Child Poverty conference in Redcar & Cleveland in January 2012.

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Pathways to Prospects

  1. 1. Pathways to Prospects Work Focussed Services in Redcar and Cleveland (Child Poverty Pilot)
  2. 2. Pathways to Prospects defined <ul><li>A joint pilot between Jobcentre Plus and Children’s Centres from January 2009 to March 2011, that provided: </li></ul><ul><li>A full time Jobcentre Plus Advisor based within one Children’s Centre in each locality </li></ul><ul><li>An enhanced package of support around training and employment </li></ul><ul><li>Redcar and Cleveland were 1 of only 10 local authorities to be successful in bidding for the pilot </li></ul>
  3. 3. Aim of the project <ul><li>To reduce child poverty by engaging parents in labour market related activity in order to move them closer to employment </li></ul><ul><li>Successful integration of Jobcentre Plus Advisors into Children’s Centres </li></ul><ul><li>The target audience was parents of children under 5 living in workless households and parents in coupled relationships where only one parent was working </li></ul>
  4. 4. Background to the Bid <ul><li>Established history of positive joint working with Jobcentre Plus </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent working relationships with other partners </li></ul><ul><li>Established Children’s Centre volunteer programme </li></ul><ul><li>Children’s Centre Assistant model </li></ul>
  5. 5. Relevance of the pilot for Redcar and Cleveland <ul><li>In 2007 Redcar & Cleveland ranked 50 out of 354 Local Authorities on the multiple deprivation index. </li></ul>Grangetown Pilot Children in families reliant on workless benefits 58% East Cleveland Pilot Children in families reliant on workless benefits 37% Redcar Pilot Children in families reliant on workless benefits 38%
  6. 6. Key Activities <ul><li>Engagement and confidence building activities </li></ul><ul><li>Provision of a broad range of training both accredited and non accredited to develop work based skills and encourage aspiration </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteering opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Employment support </li></ul><ul><li>Financial support </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>CRB clearances </li></ul><ul><li>IT ! </li></ul>Challenges
  8. 8. Key Outcomes <ul><li>708 parents engaged in the pilot across 3 children’s centres </li></ul><ul><li>621 parents accessed both accredited and non accredited training </li></ul><ul><li>227 parents achieved vocational qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>205 parents started work </li></ul><ul><li>188 parents engaged in volunteering activity </li></ul><ul><li>9 parents into self employment </li></ul>
  9. 9. Key Outcomes continued <ul><li>Effective engagement of the Jobcentre Plus target group </li></ul><ul><li>Access to partners of claimants – previously not accessed by Jobcentre Plus </li></ul><ul><li>Take up of service by those at threat of redundancy </li></ul><ul><li>Qualitative evidence of increased confidence and aspiration of parents/carers </li></ul><ul><li>Sustained attendance on training courses and course progression </li></ul>
  10. 10. Critical success factors <ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Shared commitment and vision </li></ul><ul><li>Effective use of positive relationships established with Parents/Children’s Centre team </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition of individual parent’s needs (a journey) </li></ul><ul><li>Holistic approach </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative partnership working with broad range of agencies eg training and employment providers, LEGI, CAB, Credit Unions, Voluntary sector </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated service delivery </li></ul><ul><li>(Very) Flexible attitudes of Jobcentre Plus Advisors and partners </li></ul><ul><li>Designated member of Children’s Centre staff to support Jobcentre Plus Advisor </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Additional knowledge and skills of both Jobcentre Plus staff and Children’s Centre staff </li></ul><ul><li>Significant aspirational shift of parents towards employment </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated service delivery </li></ul>Key Learning
  12. 12. <ul><li>Jobcentre Plus Advisors in Children’s Centres extended to March 2012 but with new remit </li></ul><ul><li>Continuation of Children’s Centre support – development of Training and Employment Champion role </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion of Money Tree Credit Union </li></ul><ul><li>Illegal Money Lending – staff awareness and support for families </li></ul><ul><li>Fuel poverty workshops for staff </li></ul><ul><li>Financial workshops for families </li></ul>Beyond Pathways
  13. 13. <ul><li>Continue to build on the good practice developed through the Pathways pilot </li></ul><ul><li>Locally the Wise Group has secured the Department for Work and Pensions contract to provide training and employment support to families with multiple problems. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Family Wise” is based on the successful Pathways to Prospects model and will have Family Coaches co located within Children’s Centres alongside Family Support teams </li></ul><ul><li>Work collectively to implement the Child Poverty strategy for Redcar and Cleveland </li></ul>Looking Forward
  14. 14. <ul><li>The reduction of Child Poverty is a collective responsibility. </li></ul><ul><li>Individually the efforts of any one agency can only provide a drop in the ocean </li></ul><ul><li>However, together, they contribute to an ocean </li></ul>Collaborative partnerships are key to reducing child poverty
  15. 15. <ul><li>Work-Focused Services in Children’s Centres Pilot: Final Report </li></ul><ul><li>Rachel Marangozov and Helen Stevens </li></ul><ul><li>http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/rrs-index.asp </li></ul><ul><li>A report of research carried out by the Institute for Employment Studies on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions </li></ul>

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