BARCA – Leeds is a multi-purpose charity in Bramley, Leeds, West Yorkshire. It provides specialist services to help people overcome a broad range of issues including poor mental and physical health and addicition. BARCA supports all members of the local community, from children and young people to adults and families.  Since its early days, BARCA has realised that in order to achieve sustainable, positive results with families in crisis the entire family must be worked with in a holistic manner.  Working in silos often creates short-term fixes and the family will be left with unresolved issues that need re-dressing in the future.

The work funded by Lankelly Chase, aims to explore and evidence how integrated services are intrinsic to success when working with the most vulnerable client groups. BARCA will work with statutory and non-statutory bodies to improve joint working, particularly to improve underpinning systems and remove institutional barriers.

Information on the evidence and impact will be gathered and used to influence other organisations (statutory and non-statutory) on a local, national and international level to produce better outcomes for families with severe and multiple needs and prevent organisations working in silos.

The project also aims to look at the way information is shared across organisations and, using BARCA as a centre of good practice, will develop this work and train and mentor other organisations on:

  • How to integrate teams and services;
  • Look at gaps in provision; and
  • Ensure that they have created a holistic range of services to help people that face a number of social disadvantages without having to refer to other agencies.

As a result, BARCA hopes to achieve:

• Better outcomes for the most vulnerable families;
• A reduction in the number of children living in vulnerable situations and entering the care system;
• A decrease in inter-generational drug use;
• Improved school attendance and attainment;
• A decrease in young people entering criminal justice systems;
• Improved life opportunities and access to relevant local support;
• Integrated services, which will help to identify gaps in service provision;
• More opportunities to work with partners, local authorities and social services to improve effectiveness, consistency and quality of service;
• Changes to commissioning, by challenging local authorities to commission integrated services; and
• Better communication between children’s and adult services.

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