Agenda item

Early Intervention Hub (Agenda Item 10)

Report of the Executive Member for Place.

Minutes:

The Executive Member for Place invited the Executive Director Place to present the report.

 

The Executive Director Place informed Members that conversations had been held with NCC and partner agencies about the creation of an early intervention hub to prevent problems from escalating and to improve outcomes.

 

The co-location of staff from NCC, the Police, Housing Associations and the Council would enable joint consideration of cases and then services would be co-designed to make them more accessible.

 

The hub would be based at Breckland House, Thetford and there were already a number of other organisations there including the ARP and Citizens Advice Bureau.

 

The proposal would not require an increase in establishment or budget but would mean a change in the way that the Council worked especially the Housing and Communities teams.

 

The recommendations included the requirement for a performance framework which would be key in providing an indication of how to measure and quantify the success of the hub.

 

The Executive Member for Finance said it was another excellent report but he had a slight concern about the financial arrangements and encouraged the team to ensure that contracts were tight and included a review mechanism to allow for rent increases in the future.

 

It was confirmed that contracts would have reviews but it was the intention to seek the recovery of costs on a proportional basis and not to charge rent.

 

Councillor Hollis fully supported the proposal and said it was a brilliant idea to bring everything together in one place.

 

The Executive Member for Income & Prosperity agreed completely.  She thought it would be difficult to measure the performance and was glad that some benchmarking information was available.

 

The Executive Member for Governance asked about funding provided by NCC for the Youth Advisory Board which was to stop in September.  He wondered if there would be any funding available from the hub.  He was advised that there would not but that NCC would be providing a significant contribution in terms of officer time and resources.

 

REASONS FOR RECOMMENDATIONS

 

Many of the benefits have been described above.  An early intervention approach will ensure a better quality of service for children, young people and families in Breckland.  Early intervention will prevent problems developing around, for example: school attendance and attainment, crime and ASB, health and mental health, finance and debt.

 

This approach will shift spending, action and support for children, young people and families from Late to Early intervention, from being reactive to giving everyone the best possible start in life (proactive).

 

OPTIONS

 

To endorse and support the transformational work on early intervention that is being developed by this Council in partnership with Norfolk County Council to enable stronger, more independent communities;

and

To support the development of a Help Hub at Breckland House, Thetford;

and

To require that a Performance Framework is developed to quantify the benefits realised through early intervention in Breckland.

or

To do nothing or any other action Cabinet determines appropriate.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

1)     the transformational work on early intervention that is being developed by this Council in partnership with Norfolk County Council to enable stronger, more independent communities be endorsed and supported;

 

2)     the development of a Help Hub at Breckland House, Thetford be supported; and

 

3)     that a Performance Framework is required to be developed to quantify the benefits realised through early intervention in Breckland.

 

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