My department has gone from 5 to just my self. I now support 5 volunteers doing a vital job but am feeling the strain and may have to leave. Then the service will close.
Once I am gone the young people I work with (or would have worked with in the future) will have no-one who works independently from school to talk to about the issues they are facing. They will not be able to access support from anyone in school with the same level of knowledge as me, or who can offer the same level of confidentiality, around sexual health, drugs, relationships, anxiety, self-harm or anger and aggression. I have eight years experience working in the school and have built up good relationships with staff and outside agencies, we work together to support the young people with the voice of the young person at the heart of whatever I do. I do not believe that anyone else in school can offer the same level of service once I am gone.
Families with children on the cusp of care, or children in care will not receive the intensive support they require to have their children residing at home full time therefore costing the government money due to sending children into out of borough care. Social services will have to deal with more issues due to the families not receiving the intensive support, certain children and families will slip through the net allowing child protection issues to occur without any agency involvement and recognition.
I have contact with carers who are all concerned about the cuts. For years they have supported their loved ones and in a lot of cases without being able to get benefit support because of the complication of the system. Their health is failing, the people they care for have had services cut. We need to support the vulnerable and for people like carers who save the government so much money. Please think again before making these sweeping cuts.
We would have less beds for our service users who all have life limiting conditions. This would have a devastating effect on their families and would deprive our service users of the dignity that they deserve for their end of life care.