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People and Communities Directorate

People and Communities provides a number of different services to children, families and adults across Cambridgeshire working alongside partners. These services include:

Delivering support and services and work to improve outcomes for all adults and their carers which includes work related to Learning Disability and Autism, Physical Disability, Sensory Impairment, Mental Health and Older People. Core functions include:

  • Adult Early Help
  • Assistive Technology
  • Community Equipment
  • Reablement
  • Sensory Rehabilitation
  • Assessment and Care Management
  • Discharge planning in hospitals and intermediate care beds
  • Countywide day services
  • Safeguarding
  • Direct Payments - financial assessments / corporate appointees
  • Quality of social work and social care practice
  • Care and repair - housing programmes
  • 0 to 25 and short breaks

Adult Social Care works in partnership with health services and the independent and voluntary sectors and have formally established partnership arrangements for the integrated delivery of social care including the Learning Disability Partnership and the delivery of occupational therapy and mental health support to people with social care needs.

Children's and Safeguarding aims to deliver improved outcomes for children, young people and their families and, in particular, those who are vulnerable and / or at risk of significant harm. Children's services aims to support children to live at home safely and where this is not possible provide alternative care settings. Services include:

  • District based children and families teams
  • Special education and children with disabilities teams
  • Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
  • Children on the edge of and in care teams

Much of the children's services work is done in partnership with health, police and the voluntary sector.

The Education Directorate works with early years settings, schools and academies to plan early years and school places, promote high standards and support curriculum enrichment opportunities. Services include:

  • Early Years and Childcare
  • Schools Intervention Service
  • Education and Curriculum Support, Guidance and Advice
  • Support and guidance for vulnerable groups, including Education Support for Looked After Children, Special Educational Needs (SEN), inclusion, attendance and alternative provision
  • Admissions, home to school transport, school organisation and planning, education buildings and capital
  • Traded services including: Outdoor and Environmental Education (Grafham Water, Burwell House, Environmental Education Service, Duke of Edinburgh, Forest Schools), Cambridgeshire Music, Education ICT Service and Education Health and Wellbeing Service

Responsible for commissioning effective, efficient and safe services that represent best value of social care and people services for children, young people, individual adults and their families and carers. Social care is broadly defined in this instance as the care, protection, support, welfare and advocacy of vulnerable or dependent people, individually or in groups. Much of the Commissioning Service's work is done in partnership with the adult and children's services, health and the private, independent and voluntary sectors.

Responsible for leading and developing services whose primary focus is to build and sustain community resilience and to reduce and manage demand for more costly and / or complex interventions across the public sector. This includes the following services:

  • Community safety, including countywide governance arrangements
  • Youth offending, targeted youth work, NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) services and family support
  • Linking with the District Councils in Cambridgeshire to secure improved joint working around homelessness
  • Adult skills and employment, including relevant aspects of devolution and ensuring skills development drives economic and social sustainability
  • Community cohesion and social inclusion including community assistance, welfare reform, migration and refugees
  • Community resilience including community serve and locality based interventions in Peterborough, also working with District Councils particularly in respect of community cohesion, resilience and locality based interventions
  • Domestic abuse and sexual violence commissioning and delivery

Much of the Community and Safety work is delivered in partnership with the police, fire service, health and the voluntary sector.

People and Communities structure chart

January 2019

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