Action For Change -Inequality

Inequality is a major factor affecting how young people access and use services in Harrow (This is Harrow, 2018). Last year’s report highlighted the challenges faced by families growing up in poverty, young people in care or with disabilities, and families from different communities. These groups all need more services but found it harder to access what is already available. This workshop aims to bring together practitioners, key workers, project and services managers and decision makers from across the public and VCSE sectors to discuss what is and is not working in local provision. This workshop will focus on naming the ‘big picture’ issues and what is and isn’t working well in the borough in the way we work together.

It is important to have voices from all parts of children and young people’s services in the room so that we can understand a complete picture. It’s a chance to put the big strategic issues that affect us across all sectors and organisations on the table – and we expect we will talk about some of the big picture issues like:

Links between drivers of poverty and inequality and increased need (ex. Housing)

Accessibility of services and support for disabled children and families.

How families from diverse backgrounds experience and access services differently

Health inequalities

Household family poverty as barrier to accessing services

This first workshop will focus on identifying gaps and selecting the priority issue areas where better cross sector collaboration can make a meaningful impact on outcomes for young people.