City supernanny to remain

Daily Echo, 12th May 2008
By Sian Davies, Senior News Reporter

SOUTHAMPTON’S Supernanny will remain in her post after the Government agreed to continue funding the post for the next three years.

In an additional boost for the city’s parents the council has also pledged to take over the £50,000 a year contract when that funding dries up.

Islay Downey was appointed to the role last year as part of the city being chosen as one of the Government’s Respect areas under a new drive to tackle antisocial behaviour.

City bosses were given £50,000 as part of a £4m package to fund the role of the child psychologist and associated parenting courses as a key part of the antisocial behaviour team in Southampton.

Since taking up the post last April, Islay has headed a number of parenting courses aimed at tackling problem youngsters’ behaviour that is in danger of getting out of hand.

She has also worked with over 80 families offering support and putting them in touch with services that can help.

When she was appointed the funding was only guaranteed from the Government for a year but the Department for Children, Families and Schools has announced it will fund the position for another three years, prompting the council to also pledge its long term support to the role.