Child protection project recruits first volunteers

The first volunteers in a pioneering project to work with families whose children are subject to child protection plans have been recruited.

This project - funded by Cambridgeshire County Council - will run initially until April 2014. It recruits and trains volunteers to provide support to families whose children are subject to a Child Protection Plan.

The project is run by Community Service Volunteers (CSV), working in partnership with Cambridgeshire Social Care. The families will be recruited from the Fenland and East Cambridgeshire areas of Cambridgeshire and will initially be referred by social workers.

The volunteers have a variety of roles, which include:

* visiting the family at agreed times, which will depend on the needs of the family

* building up a relationship of mutual trust and respect with the family

* supporting the family and help them to make contact with useful local resources

* parenting and practical help

* enabling the family to become independent

In 2010, CSV’s Volunteers in Child Protection programme won one of the most prestigious awards in the charity sector, highlighting the practical and effective role volunteers can play in delivering public services.

The aim of the project is to achieve positive outcomes for the children and families. It has just recruited and trained the first batch of volunteers. The first of these has just started work with a family in Wisbech.

Cllr David Brown, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services said: “I wholeheartedly welcome this initiative, which gives people in the community the chance to help the most troubled families in Cambridgeshire and improve their lives.”