Meet the Team
Pudsey Cluster Integrated Services Leader/Targeted Services Leader
My role is to lead on the strategic development and delivery of the Children and Young People’s Plan within the cluster and develop appropriate multi-agency work at cluster level based on local needs analysis.
I manage the cluster team and commissioned contracts along with overseeing the cluster budget and finances.
I lead on action plan targets to improve outcomes for vulnerable young people at risk of becoming looked after, entering custody, not engaging in education, employment or training and those children and young people who are persistently absent from learning environments.
I lead on targeted interventions at a cluster level to contribute to the outcomes of Leeds Children and Young People’s Plan.
Through effective leadership and deployment of local and city wide resources, I ensure that services to children, young people and their families at greatest risk of poor outcomes are delivered through coordinated packages of support.
I draw on the best of integrated working practice to ensure services are delivered with a whole family approach. This includes working closely with the social work service and other cluster partners to prevent escalation of cases to social work teams, the need for statutory intervention and the safe de-escalation of cases.
Assistant Integrated Services Leader/Targeted Services Officer
I aim to improve outcomes for vulnerable young people at risk of becoming a Looked After Child, entering custody, not engaging in Education, employment or training and those children and young people absent from learning environments. I work in partnership with colleagues from various agencies to ensure young people receive a tailored package of support in a timely manner. My role is to co-facilitate the Guidance and Support process on behalf of the Pudsey Cluster.
Finance and Admin Officer
This role to review and process payments and invoices in line with the Cluster Budget.
Guidance and Support Administrator
My role is as an administrator supporting the Pudsey Cluster by making sure that all of the referrals for children and young people are logged, making it easier for the practitioners working with young people and families to keep track of their cases. I also take minutes in panel meetings and distribute the panel’s decisions to referrers and practitioners.
Counselling is when you talk to a trained, professional person about something that is worrying you, on your mind or is a problem to you. A counsellor will really listen to you in a non - judgemental way.
People come to counselling for many different reasons, for example relationship problems, bereavement and loss, depression, anxiety and panic, self harm , sexual abuse, domestic violence, self - esteem and confidence, anger management, identity issues and many more different problems or worries.
Counsellors are not allowed to talk about what people tell them during counselling. The only times when this would change are when a client gives permission for someone else to be told or if counsellor is worried about a client's safety or the safety of someone else that the client has mentioned.
Family Outreach Worker
I am a Family Outreach Worker based at Farsley and Calverley Children’s Centre supporting families with children aged 5-11.
I offer support in the home, at the children’s centre or in the community. Families often request support regarding mental health concerns, financial difficulties and children with additional needs or challenging behaviour.
I also offer support to children and young people who may be isolated, experiencing emotional or mental health concerns, personal safety issues, bullying or drug and alcohol misuse.
As a Family Outreach Worker, I also facilitate and deliver groups. This includes the Incredible Years parenting course. This is an evidence based programme that supports parents and carers to manage and understand children’s behaviour.
I also facilitate an Additional Needs Parent Group. This is a support group for parents and carers with children with additional needs. Siblings group is also available for brothers and sisters of children with additional needs aged 4-8 years.
Emotional Wellbeing Worker
This post involves working with children, young people and families across the cluster who are experiencing a range of difficulties including behavioural/conduct problems, anxiety and depression. They may also be in specific target groups e.g. looked after children, young carers, children in families experiencing separation and children who have been bereaved. The Emotional Wellbeing Worker can also deliver group work within the school setting (such as transition support, and self esteem groups) where this will up-skill school staff in order to ensure sustainability.
Family Support Worker
I am a Family Support Worker for the Pudsey Cluster. I cover the three high schools, Priesthorpe, Grangefield and Crawshaw. I work with young people 11-19 years of age and their families. I can support families around various issues including parenting – boundaries, rewards and consequences, housing, employment issues, bereavement, alcohol and substance misuse, mental health, budgeting and benefits and any other identified need. I work on a 1-1 basis with young people in a variety of settings. I am able to signpost families and young people to other agencies who can also support specific needs.
Alongside another practitioner I deliver the Speakeasy Parenting Programme for parents and carers. This programme is designed to empower parents/carers when talking to their young people about sex and relationships.
I work for the cluster full time counselling children and young people from both primary and high schools.
I offer a safe and non judgemental space for children young people to explore and work through any issues, current or historical that may be causing them problems in any aspect of their lives. Counselling is always confidential with the exception of safeguarding concerns and is a useful opportunity to share whats going on with an impartial person.