Since 2018 we have worked in partnership with Newport City Council and Welsh Government and Pill Primary to develop a Children First approach to supporting children and young people.
Goals for Newport Children 1st:
•To build on existing multi-agency approaches across the city ensuring that all agencies work collectively and in partnership with the same shared vision.
•To build stable and cohesive communities through positive policing and community engagement
•To support the children of Newport to be healthy, resilient individuals with a voice in community improvement
•Ensure alignment of CF development with Newport Wellbeing Plan
Collaboration across agencies has strengthened the provision that we offer to our families and our communities. This includes:
•Collaboration with Gwent Police to train staff across Newport and establish Operation Encompass. This allows the early exchange of information between education and police when domestic violence has occurred.
•Collaboration with Gwent Police to pilot and establish the Heddlu Bach/Mini Police initiative
•Collaboration with The Ace Hub Wales and The Education Achievement Service. All schools across Newport have had ACE training for professionals. Through the pilot we have provided multi-agency training. As a result, we have developed training for families at Millbrook.
•Collaboration with Save the Children Wales has enabled us to research and pilot Families Connect for 3 year olds as a new early intervention programme.
•Collaboration with Barnardos Cymru to pilot a child-centred approach.
Following training, we have adopted a Theory of Change model and have striven to collaborate with our community directly.
This has led to the development of a variety of community initiatives aimed at tackling local issues. For example:
•Community safety – the mini police have collaborated to promote a safer parking campaign
•A more resilient community – a Pride in Bettws group has been set up and the school and residents have taken part in a number of litter picks
•An Ace aware community – a group of parents have presented at a conference to raise awareness of ACEs.
The students have conducted their own community consultations. At Millbrook this took the form of a paper-based consultation.
The students have shared their findings on a wider scale.
They are currently in the final stages of producing a toolkit to support other schools across the city to become more involved in community consultation work.
This was launched in June 2019.