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25th March 2017

Youth charity hopes to plug gaps in services

    Youth charity Winch hopes to plug gaps in services

    From left, Haverstock School teacher Amy Brown, Promise Worker Reece Okezie, Analiese Lenga, who attends The Winch, chief executive Paul Perkins and Promise Worker Emile Libock

    Published: 24 October, 2013
    by PAVAN AMARA

    ONE of Camden’s longest-running youth charities aims to “glue” young people’s services together so no child “slips through the net”.

    The Winch, in Swiss Cottage – founded in 1973 – released its Whatever It Takes report at a discussion event at UCL Academy School on Monday night.

    It has interviewed 25 families to see how services can work together.

    Hundreds watched a presentation on the report and listened to youth workers – called Promise Workers – talk about how the findings would affect their work.

    Winch chief executive Paul Perkins said: “One of the things that struck me about the report was reading how a parent felt very judged by social services.

    "As a parent, I found it powerful. They said it was like your boss giving you feedback: make sure there’s no lateness for school, how clean is your house? how’s your cooking?

    “So even if it’s not a social worker’s intention to take a child away, the parent is really scared of what might happen.”

    He added: “The Promise Worker will build the relationship between social services and the family. We need to work together from the ground up.”

     

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