CEO update – Parent Participation

 

We have had another busy period at Ivison Trust. We are excited to start the new year with our new name and brand – thank you to all the parents who supported the consultation about our rebrand.

We have seen an increase in the number of referrals to all our parent support services over the last 6 months. We have also been creating new areas of support following consultation and feedback with parents and carers. Below are some of the new programmes which have been created following those consultations.

New programs and development at Ivison Trust

Ivison Trust is creating a new parent support program for parents of exploited children. The program will use a strength-based approach to increase resilience, reduce isolation, empower, and increase understanding of rights. The program is being developed following the feedback from parents on the negative impact some traditional parenting programs have had on them when instructed to attend by services. We will be opening consultation with parents on the program content and welcome anyone interested in being involved to contact Nancy.

Therapeutic counselling service pilot

We have launched the therapeutic counselling service pilot. The pilot is funded by the West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Partnership.  We approached funders following requests from parents and carers to add to our current support offer. Many parents stated they felt deflated by long waiting times to access therapy via GP’s etc.. and expressed the need for therapeutic services that are specialist in exploitation. Currently the service is only open to West Yorkshire parents and carers, with the aim of securing further funding after an evaluation to roll out the offer nationally.

Out of hours support line pilot

Again following consultation with parents, a need for out of hours services were identified, we secured funding for a pilot, both this and the therapeutic pilot are being independently evaluated and reports will be shared from April 2024.

Trustees

We have been recruiting for new trustees, following three stepping down having served their full nine year terms. A huge thank you goes out to Dr Jane Martin and Mike Brown who were Chair, and Treasurer for Pace, volunteering their time and expertise. We have had three new Trustees join our board, Marlon, who has specialisms in mental health and is an affected parent, Nathan who is an A&E consultant and Zoe who is a family specialist solicitor and has been involved with Pace for a number of years.

We have 3 places remaining available on the board and are particularly keen to recruit affected parents. If you are interested or would like to discuss the role in more depth, please contact Nancy.