We really value the partnerships we have at Iceni, as well as the support our partners offer our clients and our staff.
2018/19, it cost us a little over £1,000 to support one family for a year. The cost of placing one child into care is around £100,000.
Iceni is deeply committed to working with those who share similar aims.
Troubled and vulnerable families are often known to several agencies. However, being everyone‘s problem but no-one‘s responsibility means that such families can bounce around the system without their needs being met.
Our experience strongly indicates that successful interventions for this client group involve a high degree of collaborative working across agencies. We want to strongly encourage relationships that build on or create new partnerships across different sectors.Contact Us Our Work
We utilise the support of a number of organisations and have formed collaborative partnerships with agencies involved in the following areas:
We have referral routes with housing providers aimed at maintaining tenancies. This includes representation in the Ipswich Hostel Liaison Group and close links and referral routes with Ipswich Borough Council’s housing team.
Iceni have excellent relationships with Suffolk and College and Suffolk University. Referral routes from schools are open and we work with schools where children are struggling to achieve good attendance.
Good working relationships have been formed with Jobcentre Plus and we have referral routes with those that provide back-to-work activities.
We work closely with Realise Futures who deliver courses in self esteem and confidence building, as well as a mindfulness course on site for our parents.
We fully participate in joint case working of clients with complex needs, including attendance at child-protection case conferences (LSCB), and Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC).
Close links and referral pathways related to domestic abuse are well developed with partner agencies including Lighthouse Women’s Aid.
We have a good referral relationship with Survivors in Transition who work with adults who were sexually abused as children.
Our partnership with Turning Point ensures smooth referrals are made between us both. They concentrate on supporting those with drug and alcohol issues with a view to helping people into recovery from such substances.
Social care services
Due to the nature of our work, we have developed effective working relationships with social workers. Such relationships enable us to advocate on behalf of parents who often struggle to navigate the social care system.
We have a regular number of clients who require specialist mental health support. We have built up good relationships with Mental Health Services and we will advocate on clients behalf to ensure they receive an appropriate service.
Other family services
We work with The Ormiston Trust who provide services for mothers who have previously had children taken into the statutory care system.
We work with Suffolk Family Carers who are part of the formal partnership we share with Turning Point. They can offer services to people including children who are caring for a family member.
How you can help Suffolk families that need your support
As a charity, Iceni depends on the ongoing support of businesses, individuals and local authorities. There are various ways you can lend a hand and make a positive difference to families across Suffolk.