A pioneering project that could prevent up to 180 children in Norfolk going into care each year has received Government backing.
Known as the Compass Approach, it will build upon the success of The Compass, which is one part of the Short Stay School for Norfolk. The Compass, which opened in Yarmouth in 2009 has recently been extended to support children in Lynn.
The school works with children with challenging behaviour, giving them access to all of the services they need in one place and helping them to stay in education.
Norfolk County Council, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, the Benjamin Foundation and the Short Stay School – which operates Rosebery School in Lynn – have been awarded more than £1 million from the Department of Education to develop the project, which combines educational support and therapy.
The new project would create a so-called ‘Virtual Residential School’ for children with behaviour, social and emotional difficulties who are at risk of coming into care.
County Hall will provide residential placements and short breaks, giving respite to families – as well as access to its 24-hour outreach service, to aid families in crisis.
Meanwhile, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust will provide therapeutic support to the young people and their families to help them address the cause of their behaviour.