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The Children, Families and Cultural Services Department of Nottinghamshire County Council is broken down into three divisions. If you require any further information about the following services, please contact us. The three divisions are:

Children's Social Care

Education Standards and Inclusion

Youth, Families and Culture

Children's Social Care

The Children’s Social Care Division aims to provide the most vulnerable children and young people in Nottinghamshire with the support and protection that they need to be safe, secure and happy, and to achieve their full potential. The division provides a range of support services:

• Fieldwork Services: provide social work assessment and support services to children in need. (These children are those who whose vulnerability is such that they are unlikely to reach or maintain a satisfactory level of health or development, or their health and development will be significantly impaired, without the provision of services).

• Regulated and Corporate Parenting Services: provide placement and support services for children in local authority care and disabled children.

• Safeguarding and Independent Review: leads on issues related to safeguarding and promoting thewelfare of children, both within the Authority and with partnership agencies.

• Disabled Children’s Service: provides support for disabled children and their families. These children have a permanent and substantial disability which has a significant impact on daily life. This includes those witha severe learning disability/severe autism, and those with complex health needs. The team also provides a social care service to deaf children who are sign language users, deaf parents of hearing children and children with a visual impairment. The team also provides an occupational therapy service.

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Education Standards and Inclusion

The Education Standards and Inclusion Division is responsible for raising standards and aspirations for all children and young people in Nottinghamshire. The division’s four service groups are:

• Behaviour and Attendance: responsible for improving the behaviour and attendance outcomes for children and young people in Nottinghamshire.

• Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Policy and Provision: responsible for delivering a range of special educational support services, managing SEND resources and developing SEND policy and strategy.

• Education Improvement Service: responsible for raising standards and aspirations through the evaluation of school performance, focussing on improvement in educational attainment and achievement for all.

• Post 16: responsible for fulfilling the County Council’s statutory responsibilities for 16-18 commissioning, together with managing wider curriculum development for 14-19 students.

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Youth, Families and Culture

The Youth Families & Culture Division serves children and young people and their families, and also provides cultural services to the wider community. The service groups and their functions are:

  • Targeted Youth Support & Youth Justice Services: responsible for prevention, restorative justice and statutory criminal justice services (the former Youth Offending Service functions) as well as Targeted Youth Support, addressing issues such as homelessness and substance misuse.
  • Young People’s Service: focuses on the provision of open access positive activities for all children and young people, through the Youth Service, Skills for Employment, Play Development, Study Support and Extended Services for Schools provision.
  • Early Years & Early Intervention Service: includes the Early Intervention Team which manages the work of the Joint Access Teams (JATs) and the use of Common Assessment Framework (CAF) assessments in line with the Council’s “Pathways to Provision” arrangements. This group also includes the Families Information Service, the Specialist Family Support Team and a comprehensive countywide network of children’s centres.
  • Cultural and Enrichment Services: provides a mixture of provision including Outdoor and Environmental Education (day and residential centres and adventure bases), the Achievement and Equality Service, Arts & Sports for children and young people (including school swimming) as well Arts & Sports provision which serves the widercommunity.
  • Libraries, Archives & Information: provides a comprehensive countywide network of public libraries including mobile and online library services, children’s library services and special events, an Archives and Records Management Service serving the entire County Council, and a Library & Community Learning Team.
  • Country Parks: manages the country parks at Rufford, Sherwood Forest, Bestwood and Cotgrave, as well as approximately 90 other green space sites. The Group provides a wide range of commercial and visitor services and events, promotes conservation volunteering activities, and works in partnership with a range of organisations
  • Health Partnerships: the Head of Health Partnerships is responsible for establishing and maintaining joint commissioning support for shared health priorities. The role also includes developing and embedding a child poverty strategy across the council and partner services.
    The post also supports the implementation of the Health & Social Care Act 2011 and Public Health Reforms, in relation to the new statutory duties for health improvement.

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This poster [PDF 96KB],pdf logo which you can download or print off,  sets out the new ambition, principles, priorities and milestones for Children, Families and Cultural Services, Nottinghamshire County Council, for 2011 to 2013.


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