February to March Early Help Programme
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.
The Science behind Early Intervention and
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
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
Worcestershire Safer Sleeping
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 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
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
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 email@example.com
New Online Referral Form
An online form for professionals to request
support for a family is now available on the Early Help Hub
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
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
Councillor Liz Eyre, Cabinet Member
for Children and Families at Worcestershire County Council
"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
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
Help Workforce FAQs (PDF 290 KB), please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
and the Early Help Assessment and Early Help
Action Plan forms can be accessed
There will be further communications issued throughout the
Autumn as part of our Early Help communications campaign.
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