Children in Herefordshire will benefit from two new services commissioned by Herefordshire Council. The Herefordshire Intensive Placement Support Service (HIPPS) and Therapeutic Intensive Support Service (TISS) are new Action for Children’s services providing long-term, therapeutic support to children and young people, their families and carers.
The HIPSS part of the service train foster carers to be ‘super’ carers, giving them skills and strategies to care for the most vulnerable children and young people in Herefordshire. TISS works with foster carers, professionals and families, supporting young people in care, or those at risk of being placed in care. The team champions family settings for all children, believing that this gives them the best opportunity to develop into adolescence and adulthood.
The new team members have joined from a variety of backgrounds including education, social care, youth work and health, bringing a wide range of skills and experiences to support the success of the service. Although new ‘super’ carers are currently in training, the team are also on the lookout for more experienced or new foster carers with the skills and personal attributes to join the service.
Jo Davidson, director of children’s wellbeing said, “This exciting development has come about through thinking carefully with our children in care, foster carers, schools, colleges and medical services, how we could create a service which recognised that the most vulnerable children have needs 24 hours a day, and not just at clinic times or office hours.
By having a 7 day a week, 24 hours a day service which will provide wrap around support to children and young people with complex needs and their foster families and education placements, we will be better able to stick with them, in Herefordshire, rather than send them off to placements the other side of the country.
The therapeutic support service has been set up so that it can respond quickly when issues arise and build a way of working with children with mental health and other needs throughout Herefordshire. This is going to be more cost effective than our current approach and will lead to better outcomes for our children in care.”
If you would like to find out more you can contact the HIPSS & TISS team via telephone or e-mail: