By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 20 September 2013 Updated: 20/09 08:54
A SCHEME which aims to improve support for families has been set up at a Redditch school.
Batchley First School is one of three across the county to host a ‘pod’ where social workers, the headteacher and stronger families workers base themselves in the same location.
It allows them to communicate better, share knowledge and allow families and the school to get to know and work with one team of social workers.
Rachel Higgins, acting headteacher at Birchen Coppice Primary School in Kidderminster where the scheme was piloted, said: “We’re extremely pleased with the way the two social workers have integrated into our school.
“It’s reassuring for teachers to have professionals at hand who can support us in meeting the needs of our children. The children themselves just treat our social workers like any other member of staff.”
Coun Liz Eyre, responsible for children and families at Worcestershire County Council added: “The pilot scheme which we started at Birchen Coppice has already shown improved outcomes for children and families in the area.
“We have been able to engage with families who previously had been difficult to engage with, families have easier access to the same social worker and our social workers are integrated into the school.”
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