Boughton-Brown, new Programme Manager for Burngreave and Fir Vale
Sure Start, is interviewed by Ian Clifford, Burngreave's LEA Family
what did you do before and what attracted you to Burngreave and
Fir Vale Sure Start?
I started as a Social Worker in 1990 and later worked for Refugee
Lifeline, but all this time I covered the Burngreave and Fir Vale
area. I've lived in the area myself and my parents still live here.
It's really the diversity of the area that attracted me. I can't
think of a better area of Sheffield to work in really.
will the new Service Level Agreements (SLAs) make sure that targets
for helping under 4s in the area are met?
SLAs always aimed to work towards the targets, but we are firming
these up to make sure they relate specifically to the Sure Start
targets. Targets will be achieved through mutual support and the
process of quarterly review with community providers has already
will the restructure of the Sure Start staff team mean?
The Family Support Team will continue to offer a home visiting and
outreach service, but a new Early Years Team will encourage speech,
language, numeracy and literacy; support toddler groups; organise
crèches and encourage learning through play. A trained midwife
will take on Health Co-ordination: supporting ante- and post-natal
classes, breast feeding, and children's healthy eating and health
issues. Finally, new Parental Involvement Workers will empower parents
to get involved in the running of Sure Start and to set up and run
the groups they want in the area.
parents want practical support. Is the programme moving away from
Sure Start is not moving away from giving practical support, but
it must be part of a package. Sure Start will work alongside parents
to support them to take over those practical tasks.
will Sure Start help change what mainstream services do in the long
Local people have a brilliant opportunity to suggest different ways
of meeting the needs of a diverse group of service users. Sure Start
must review the quality of these services and make sure the statutory
agencies take over the funding of those services that work well.