Children and families in South Tyneside have high levels of need, with some children and families being particularly disadvantaged. The practice members of our team have worked with local people to develop a new approach to helping children and families. This approach:
- Brings together the different professionals that support children and families into one team
- Identifies key people in schools to help children who have mental health difficulties
- Trained young people who want to volunteer to help school-aged children how to live healthier lives.
We want to know if this new approach makes a difference for children and families. To find this out, we are going to work closely with children and families who live in South Tyneside and the people who provide services. Together we will:
- Look at important health information that is already collected by services in South Tyneside and see if the health information changes after the service has been introduced in the borough
- Talk to the professionals and volunteers who deliver the service as well as the children and families who use the service and ask them what they think about the help that is provided
- Look at how much the service costs and what the benefits are that come from the service
We will use this information to make the service better for children and families in South Tyneside. We will also use the information to think about how to improve other types of services in this borough.