Impressive results for Hertfordshire childcare

PUBLISHED: 11:50 08 July 2017

Cllr Teresa Heritage.

Cllr Teresa Heritage.

DAVID HARTNUP

A shake-up of Hertfordshire social work has helped troubled families while also saving money, an independent report has concluded.

Research by the University of Bedfordshire into childcare procedures introduced by Hertfordshire County Council in January 2015 has found reductions of a 66 per cent in police domestic abuse call-outs, 53 per cent in emergency hospital visits, and 50 per cent in official child protection plans.

The new system also saved £2,6million in its first year, and reduced care proceedings in court by 37 per cent.

Councillor Teresa Heritage, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “No other local authority partnership in the country is providing this level of extensive support to their most vulnerable children and families, giving hundreds of children a better start in life.

“We are working more in partnership with parents, to address their difficult issues which impact on their children’s lives. The feedback from families is that they are finding it much more helpful and less threatening.

“This evaluation report endorses our belief in this approach.”

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