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A Liverpool charity that supports disadvantaged children has been awarded £69,000 by the Steve Morgan Foundation to fund a family support worker.
Positive Futures is a youth development charity that helps young people in Liverpool aged between eight-24 turn their lives around.
Positive Futures offer a range of support services, including 1-2-1 targeted support, activity groups, school-based intervention and detached youth work.
Practical help can include accompanying a young person to a counselling session, acting as an advocate or supporting the parents.
CEO Clare Corran said 46 per cent of all referrals are related to mental health.
“It’s a growing problem,” she said. “Some of the young people we work with are on the edge of criminality, some are in care and some have been referred to us from schools.”
In order to meet growing demand the charity approached the Steve Morgan Foundation to fund a family support worker as part of their targeted support service.
Corran explained, “The collaborative approach of the family support worker engages parents as experts of their own children, being those closest and trusted.
“We also work closely with schools, local authority services and a range of agencies to help understand children’s needs and those parents/carers in ways that will improve their children’s life chances.”
Corran added, “We’re so grateful to the Steve Morgan Foundation. The funding means that the family support worker can intercept and support families before a situation escalates, potentially lowering the risk factors of children and young people going into the care system.
“The family support worker is the glue that brings everything together.”
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