Wind­fall for kid’s ser­vices

Stockport Express - - News -

A PROJECT to give front­line chil­dren’s ser­vices work­ers quicker ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion on fam­i­lies in need has re­ceived a £100,000 boost.

Stock­port coun­cil and three lo­cal au­thor­ity part­ners have been given the fund­ing by the Min­istry for Hous­ing, Com­mu­ni­ties and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment ’Lo­cal Dig­i­tal Fund.’

A pe­riod of user re­search has now started which will be fol­lowed by the de­vel­op­ment and test­ing of a work­ing pro­to­type.

The out­comes for chil­dren and time and cost sav­ings for front­line work­ers will be as­sessed in April to de­ter­mine if the project should be pro­gressed to full de­vel­op­ment.

Coun­cil­lor Elise Wil­son said: “We signed the Lo­cal Dig­i­tal Dec­la­ra­tion be­cause we be­lieve that by work­ing to­gether with other pub­lic bod­ies we can pool our re­sources to bet­ter ef­fect for all and we are de­lighted to have been suc­cess­ful in ob­tain­ing this fund­ing for a col­lab­o­ra­tive project.

“Cur­rently front­line work­ers can spend days col­lect­ing in­for­ma­tion that is held across many dif­fer­ent sys­tems.”

Stock­port has also been in­cluded in a sep­a­rate suc­cess­ful GMCA bid to the Lo­cal Dig­i­tal Fund, for an £80,000 project, which aims to im­prove de­ci­sion mak­ing in chil­dren’s ser­vices de­part­ments.

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