Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Mold has supported the development of a new Early Intervention hub in Northampton designed to improve the lives and outcomes of vulnerable children, young people and their families.
This exciting pilot project brings together staff from Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire County Council’s Adult and Children Services, along with support from local schools and from statutory and voluntary sector partners. These agencies will all work together to intervene much earlier to support and address the difficulties children and young people may experience and stop issues from escalating and having a negative impact on their lives.
Stephen Mold said: “I am so pleased to see this Early Intervention hub launched. Early Intervention is part of my Police and Crime Plan as we know that by intervening early to support children and young people in difficulty and by really understanding their needs, the outcome for them is much more positive.
“We have some very vulnerable children, young people and families in the county and this new hub provides a better mechanism for agencies to work much closer together, share information and intelligence to make sure those children and families get the assistance and support they need at a much earlier stage. This will in turn help to reduce negative behaviours such as truancy, anti-social behaviour, criminal and other activities from developing.”
School attendance is a vital factor in helping young people attain the skills and abilities they need to be successful as adults, and the Early Intervention hub recognises the importance of agencies working together to ensure that young people remain engaged in education and have opportunities to fulfil their potential.
The key partners in the hub, including all of the local schools, are those who see children and young people regularly and who are most likely to recognise when a problems or issue arises, and be well positioned to act quickly together, to put in place actions to stop the problem worsening.
Superintendent Mark Evans from Northamptonshire Police said: “Police officers and PCSOs are often one of first to come into contact with families in need of help. We want to be able to work closely with our partners to support families that are known to us. More critically we want to link with our partners in schools, in the councils, housing departments, NHS and the wide network of voluntary sector agencies that exist in the county to ensure that we can really offer the right support at the right time and reduce the number of young people coming to the attention of the police.
“Often families are known to a number of agencies and though this new hub we will be able to work much more effectively together to really understand young people’s issues and share how best to engage with them.
“We want to give young people a better chance and a more positive experience, with focussed support to stop their problems from escalating. From a police perspective we really want to prevent problems reaching a point where they need the involvement of emergency services and to stop as many youngsters as we can from entering the criminal justice system.”
Northamptonshire County Council director for children’s services Lesley Hagger said: “School exclusions are at high levels in Northamptonshire and can be an indicator of wider challenges in children’s lives.
“We are pleased to be able to work with Northamptonshire Police and the Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner in supporting this pilot programme. “