Saturday, 15 May 2010

I moved on to the Village Hotel to talk to the parent support advisers...

This wonderful group of colleagues have changed the landscape here in Leeds; reaching the parts that other initiatives simply haven't reached and making a real difference where it really matters, as part of the team around the family. We need to build a new set of arrangements that will continue to make a real difference for children and young people, their families and communities. We need to learn from the best of our practice here in Leeds… we need to learn what works and what doesn’t… we need to explore the research and dispel the myths that say our young people can’t be successful. It’s wonderful to know that talented, brilliant, gorgeous and wonderful colleagues like the parent support advisers are making such a difference across the city. Does anyone out there actually believe it is impossible to build brilliant given the resources and the support? What are the things we would need to do to guarantee success?

Only by really understanding, what the limiting factors are in the families we support and serve, can we target our resources to really make a difference where it matters and ensure that every child and young person is happy, healthy, safe and increasingly successful.

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