Scouting has been successful in obtaining further funding from West Sussex County Council to continue its relationship supporting parents and guardians to refer their children to try out Scouting. Previously this was known as the ‘Think Family’ programme. This has now been amalgamated with other services to form the Integrated Prevention and Earliest Help Service, IPEH for short. IPEH continues to provide a key worker that can support the whole family in tackling challenges and difficulties and provides practical support to help families achieve their working goals.
IPEH works with families who are experiencing problems relating to:
- Crime – young people in crime and anti-social behavior;
- Education – Children not in school or with poor attendance;
- Worklessness – adults on out of work benefits; and/or
- Experiencing health and social issues
Once a family is well on its way to achieving its goal and the key worker is starting to step back, the family is encouraged to think about longer term plans and goals. This is where Scouting comes in.