Both local and national evidence suggests a significant rise in the number of children, young people and families who will need additional help as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. However necessary, prolonged lockdowns have had an unprecedented impact on individuals and communities, with more people experiencing loneliness and poor mental health, poverty, drug use and even abuse.
These are all serious issues which require intervention, however no one organisation can meet these needs alone. To tackle this, Surrey County Council (SCC) and Surrey Youth Focus are bringing together colleagues from voluntary, community and faith sector (VCFS) and the statutory sector to share local insight into the presenting needs of young people, examples of exceptional work already happening, and exploring a shared response to the surge in demand for services.
In November 2020, 43 partners from the VCFS, SCC, Police, NHS and Education came together to explore how the we can better work together to support families, forming part of the council’s ‘Helping Families Early Strategy’.