The SWEET Project works in partnership with other agencies which underpin our induction and training. These include:
The SWEET Project has been delivering direct work sessions in schools throughout South Birmingham since 2010. Direct work is seen as the most appropriate and effective way of ascertaining a child’s wishes and feelings in a safe and familiar environment. Since September 2014, schools have been offered the opportunity of buying holistic tailor-made support at very reasonable rates. Read more about our work in schools here.
Birmingham City Council South Children’s Services
BCC SCS provides training in single assessments and life story work. They make referrals to The SWEET Project, including child protection and children-in-need cases. On behalf of the City Council, SWEET has undertaken international social work, Section 7 cases and family group conferencing. The City Council and The SWEET Project are piloting an innovative project involving research into the single assessments undertaken by SWEET and referred by Children’s Services.
The local churches have regularly supported the SWEET Project with generous donations from parishioners including household items, clothing, toys and donations of money. Canon Rob Morris (until recently Rector of Kings Norton), the Reverend Donald Sampson and Pauline Weaver (Children's Worker for Kings Norton Team Parish) have been staunch supporters of SWEET since its inception in March 2010. Students regularly support the Stay and Play group at St Nicolas' Church on a Thursday morning.
West Midlands Police
The local neighbourhood police unit offers a consultancy service once a month at The SWEET Project where students and service users can seek one-to-one advice about anti -social behaviour, crime, personal safety and home security.
West Midlands Fire Service
The Fire Service conduct home fire safety assessments and will fit free smoke alarms as necessary.
A Health Visitor from Hawkesley Medical Centre is available for training on child development. Students are given the opportunity to observe a baby clinic and monthly consultations with a Health Visitor at SWEET to identify early childhood concerns.
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) provides opportunities for students to discuss cases involving mental health conditions and to receive advice from a psychological perspective.
From Ruth Jenkins, Assistant Director of Birmingham Children's Services
It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with you all. I have been really impressed with all you have done and your commitment to providing high-quality support and placements for the students and also for providing support and input to some of the most vulnerable families and children in Birmingham.
I know this has been done in sometimes challenging and difficult circumstances and your commitment and expertise have always impressed me.