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Lancashire Break Time Contract

We offer an activities service for children with disabilities across 6 different areas of Lancashire. Currently this is for both school holidays and term time evening and weekend groups and is for any child or young person with SEND aged 5-18 who is is unable to access universal services.

We also offer individual packages of care within a group setting from our base in Lostock Hall enabling children and young people aged 3-18 to access a range of activities and develop skills including social communication and understanding.

Participation Contract

This contract began in October 2012 and is open to young people and adults from 3-25 years old who have disabilities, SEN and/or children in care or care leavers.  The staff team has worked tirelessly to develop the contract and reach children and young people. We now have 83 active Children in Care council (LINX) members and 110 SEND (POWAR) members. We work out of various venues across the whole of Lancashire.  Both councils have taken part in a wide variety of consultations, events, meetings, interviews and activities.

Advocacy

Barnardo's is commissioned to provide the statutory advocacy for children and young people in Blackburn and Darwen on behalf of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and we cover a 30 mile radius around the Blackburn area. Upon receipt of a new advocacy referral a trained advocate will arrange to visit the child or young person within 7 days to discuss their worries and concerns and will work with the young person to formulate an action plan.

Independent Visitors/Mentoring

Barnardo's is also commissioned to provide the statutory Independent Visitors service for Looked After Children under the care of Blackburn with Darwen Children's Social Care. The idea of Independent Visitors (IV) was first introduced in 1989 and access to an IV has been shown to have positive effects for young people. The aim of the IV service is to give children and young people the opportunity to spend quality time with an independent volunteer on a regular basis. This will give them the opportunity to engage in positive activities, build on their confidence, self-esteem and social skills and have someone they can talk to about any worries, troubles or questions they may have.

In addition to Independent Visitors, Blackburn with Darwen also provide a Mentoring service for children and young people aged 8-18 who are under Child in Need or Child Protection plans. The mentoring service is intended to help children and young people increase their confidence and self-esttem and support is typically provided for 9-12 months. Each young person will be matched with a volunteer who will see them on a regular basis to help build on these skills.