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 February to March Early Help Programme Update

Please see the below document for the recent Early Help Programme Update. These briefing notes are for anyone working with families with children aged 0 to 19. They are issued bi-monthly and provide updates on the progress we are making in implementing our Early Help change programme.
Early Help Programme Update Feb-Mar 2014 (PDF 358 KB)

 The Science behind Early Intervention and Neglect

The Early Intervention Foundation, with partners, have developed the following video explaining the science behind the importance of Early Intervention. A useful animation for anyone trying to get their head around the concept of Early Help and Early Intervention. View the video here (External Website).
Centre on the Developing Child (Harvard University) have developed the following video that explains the effect neglect has on a child's brain. View the video here.

 Worcestershire Safer Sleeping Guidelines

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Worcestershire Health and Care Trust have developed some guidelines about Safer Sleeping for all new born babies, to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
The document can be found here (External Website).
Some parent-friendly leaflets can be found on Sids and Kids (External Website).

 The new Early Help contract in Wychavon commenced on 11th March 2014.

Following a period of contract negotiation, 4Children has officially taken on early help services which will include the district's children's centres and family support provision.

Cllr Liz Eyre, Worcestershire County Council's cabinet member for children and families said: "In Wychavon, we are looking for 4Children to achieve specific outcomes for families. Instead of focusing on the services they are delivering, what is important to us and residents is the impact the services have on improving the lives of the children and families they're working with."

Speaking on behalf of 4Children Charles Ellis, Deputy Chief Executive at 4Children said: “4Children are delighted to be working with Worcestershire County Council on 0-19 services in Wychavon. We have long believed that an integrated, holistic approach across all age ranges, as envisaged in Worcestershire, is the most effective way to provide support to all families including those who require early help and those with more complex needs.”

 Stakeholder Feedback Form

If you have requested support for a family you've been working with, or have been involved in any aspect of the Early Help Programme, please let us know what you thought by completing our Online Feedback Form. Your experiences and feedback are important in ensuring the high quality of our service.

 Early Help Services provider for Bromsgrove announced

Worcestershire County Council has announced that preferred bidder status for providing the new early help services in the Bromsgrove district has been awarded to a bid from Redditch Borough Council.

Following a robust tendering process where all bids were evaluated against criteria to identify the best quality offer to meet the Council's requirements (ie the ability to achieve the outcomes expected) preferred bidder status was awarded. The County Council and Redditch Borough Council will go through a ten day 'cooling off' period before beginning detailed contract negotiations. The new early help services will be delivered in Bromsgrove from 1st August 2014.

 Early Help Programme Update

We are now re-starting our monthly Early Help Programme Updates. These notes are for anyone working with families with children aged 0 to 19 and provide updates on the progress we are making in implementing our Early Help change programme. Early Help Programme Update - Jan 2014 (PDF 358 KB)

 New Early Help Hub website

The new Early Help Hub website is now live. The new site has been developed to provide better self-service information in a more user-friendly layout. This allows professionals and families to gain quicker access to the information they require at any time of day, freeing the phone lines for those who are unable to access the internet or have more complex needs. Feedback on the new site is gratefully received, please email

 New Online Referral Form

An online form for professionals to request support for a family is now available on the Early Help Hub website.

For the past six months, the referral form used was downloaded from the website, printed and posted to the Early Help Hub. As of 2nd December 2013, an online version of this form has been made available. When submitted, the online form goes straight to the Early Help Hub, allowing for a much smoother and quicker request for support.

Complete the online Early Help Notification form here

 Worcestershire is pioneer in national early help scheme

Worcestershire County Council is proud to announce that it has been chosen as one of 20 "Pioneering Places" by the Early Intervention Foundation, due to its substantial commitment to early help. 
The Early Help Team will work with the Foundation and 19 other teams across the country to learn from each other about cost-effectiveness and what works best for families, in addition to demonstrating the importance of this on-going investment, in view of the tremendous difference early help services make to families' lives.    

Chief Executive of Action for Children, Dame Clare Tickell, said;  

“In order to break the cycle of deprivation and reduce the risk of poor outcomes for children, we need to be able to intervene as early as possible.  The Early Intervention Foundation and their places will ensure that examples of best practice are shared, vital in making the case for a shift in resources to focus on supporting children and families at the earliest possible stage”

Councillor Liz Eyre, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Worcestershire County Council said:

"We are delighted that our commitment to Early Help in Worcestershire has been nationally recognised and that we have been chosen to take part in this scheme. We look forward to using the knowledge and expertise on offer from the Early Intervention Foundation and additional 19 Places to enable us to continually improve to deliver the best Early Help services to children, young people and families within Worcestershire."

 Workforce FAQs from Module One Training

More than 350 professionals who work with children, young people and their families have so far attended briefings on how early help services will fit together in Worcestershire and how to access them. Below are some of the frequently asked questions and answers from these briefings. If you have a new question not covered here Early Help Workforce FAQs (PDF 290 KB), please contact us at  

 Early Help is LinkedIn

We've recently created an Early Help group on LinkedIn to help indiduals and organisations talk to each other about the Early Help services and find out the latest news. If you're on LinkedIn please have a look for our group and join it!

 Re-Naming of the Common Assessment Framework in Worcestershire

Since its implementation in 2007, the Common Assessment Framework has proved successful in making positive changes for children, young people and families in Worcestershire. Building on this good practice, and as a key aspect of the Early Help Strategy, the Common Assessment Framework has now been renamed as the Early Help Assessment Framework to recognise its broader use as a single and multi-agency assessment and planning tool.
The process for referring a child, young person or family for Early Help Services remains the same, using the Early Help Notification. The Common Assessment form is now known as the Early Help Assessment and the Team Around the Family form is now known as the Early Help Action Plan. In line with this change, the CAF Co-ordinators will now be known as Integrated Working Co-ordinators and the CAF Support Workers as Integrated Support Workers.
The training practitioners have already had on the Common Assessment Framework will still apply to this new approach for both single and multi-agency issues. We will be reviewing all of our training and documentation to respond to and reflect this change. Dates are available for training . The changes to the related documentation and accompanying websites will take place throughout August & September.
Further information on Early Help can be accessed via the Early Help Website and the Early Help Assessment and Early Help Action Plan forms can be accessed here
There will be further communications issued throughout the Autumn as part of our Early Help communications campaign.

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