Children’s social work teams ready to help children arriving from Ukraine
Children’s social care professionals across Essex have risen to the occasion and are proactively putting plans in place to support children and young people arriving from Ukraine.
Families fleeing the war in Ukraine will continue to arrive in the UK over the coming weeks as part of the Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme.
We are expecting well over 100 children and young people who need a safe home in the county, in the first tranche of arrivals.
Those who have offered to sponsor a Ukrainian family which includes a child or vulnerable adult will require an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Check.
Our children’s social care workforce have already developed a bespoke training programme for colleagues.
They have also made connections to a wide range of community-based services and organisations to help settle those arriving, including our education teams, so children and young people’s educational needs are met.
Cllr Beverley Egan, ECC’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Early Years, said: “I am extremely proud of our children’s social care teams. Their dedication to supporting children and young people is always exemplary but the work they have done to prepare for the arrival of vulnerable children, young people and families from Ukraine, truly goes above and beyond.
“We cannot underestimate the impact of this humanitarian crisis on these children and young people, both now and in the future. I know our teams will continue to do everything they can to make sure children feel safe, protected and at home here in Essex.”
The efforts of our children’s social care teams come as part of wider support that the county council and partner organisations across the county are providing to those arriving under the scheme, both in the short and longer term.