Meet the Team...
Cluster Leadership & Support Team
The Cluster Leadership & Support Team oversees all Cluster work, providing management function and data analysis of cases to allow strategic planning for future needs of the children and families in the Inner East Cluster and be a responsive, flexible service.
The team works in partnership with Targeted Services to provide a joined up package of support. The Cluster is keen to further develop how we communicate with our children and families through use of texting and the launch of the Cluster website.
Targeted Services support families living in the Inner East who have children aged 0-19. We aim to support closer working between agencies and services, to ensure families receive holistic, coordinated support. This includes working closely with Children’s Social Work Services to assist the safe landing of cases that are closing to their service, and to also advise on services that are available to families who are on Child in Need or Child Protection plans. It also includes the coordination, oversight and promotion of the Families First programme for the Inner East and promotion and support of Early Help plans.
Behaviour Support Team
The Behaviour Team provides support either in the home, at school or in the community. We work on a 1:1 basis, across groups, classes or whole school settings. Some of the reasons children/young people may access Behaviour Support include:
• Loss, separation or bereavement
• Family relationship difficulties
• Difficult and conflicting situations
• Anxieties around transition and change
Sessions may help children/young people boost confidence and self-esteem so they are able to react to situations in a positive manner. We work within the cluster team and can also access external support. We provide training for schools on themes such as classroom behaviour management, behaviour plans, assessments, observations, onsultation and peer supervision.
Our aim is to provide a safe, creative place to work with children/young people and their families to ensure the right package of support is in place to meet the individuals/family’s needs.
Family Support Team
In the Inner East Cluster we provide Family Support Services to families across the Richmond Hill, Burmantofts/Lincoln Green and Gipton neighbourhoods and where children attend the Inner East Schools.
Parenting can be a very rewarding experience but it can also be hugely challenging. As our children grow and develop, their needs and behaviour change. Sometimes it can be difficult to keep pace with these changes, and there are times when we may need a bit of extra help from family, friends, community and elsewhere.
The Family Support Team delivers this support either in the home, at school or in community settings. We aim to provide a personalised support service which encourages and empowers parents to overcome barriers which may impact on the lives and learning of their children.
We can help in areas like budgeting, family relationships, housing, parenting strategies, etc. We support families:
• On a 1:1 basis
• Through support groups
• Through Parenting programmes
• To access other support services
The Inner East Cluster can provide free therapeutic support to both children and young people and their parents. We can support children/young people, as well as adults on a one to one basis and in couples’ therapy. Within the Therapeutic team we offer:
• 1:1 therapy for children and young people
• 1:1 adult counselling
• CAMHS in Schools consultation
• Group therapy
• Liaison, training and consultations for staff working within the cluster
The Therapeutic team is made up of qualified and experienced counsellors and therapists, who provide a professional, confidential service with ethics and safeguarding at the heart. All members of the team access regular confidential clinical supervision. We work closely with staff and colleagues within the Inner East Cluster Schools and support services, to promote the emotional and psychological wellbeing of children, young people and families.
Some of the reasons people may access therapy include:
• Relationship difficulties
• Difficulties with eating
• Self-harming behaviours
Thorough assessments are completed by the Therapeutic team. A variety of therapeutic approaches are adopted by the team. All support is tailored to the needs and age of the client. Examples of some therapeutic techniques that may be used include play, art, story telling/ making, drama and talking.