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Early Help Offer

What is Early Help?

Early Help refers to the offer of any information, advice or support to children, young people and their families as soon as possible in their lives, or when issues emerge, to help prevent problems from escalating.

 

Birchwood C of E recognises that early intervention can have a positive impact for our families and can prevent children from significant harm. Therefore, Birchwood C of E promotes an Early Help Offer which is a graduated structure aimed at providing support at the appropriate and earliest level. This is in accordance with Warrington Borough Council’s Family Support Model.

Level of Need

Intervention

Agencies who may be involved

Level 1

Children and young people who are achieving each of the 5 outcomes.

Whole school initiatives.

 

Informal contact with children, parents and carers to resolve low level issues.

The child and their family

 

School staff

Level 2

Children and young people who may need extra support in order to achieve the 5 outcomes.

School Support Meetings

 

Informal meetings with parents and carers to resolve low level issues. These may require a referral to an additional agency and will be reviewed.

The child and their family

 

School staff

 

Possible involvement of an external agency.

Level 3

Children and young people who have complex needs and who may require co-ordinated support in order to achieve the 5 outcomes.

Common Assessment Form (CAF)

 

A document completed by the family with support from the lead professional. The CAF document brings together all agencies involved with a family to ensure that everyone is working together and information is shared.  The CAF would then be taken to a Service Allocation Meeting (SAM) to ensure that the appropriate support is being given. Parents and Carers or the child where appropriate, must consent to this document.

 

Family Support Meetings

 

A Family Support Plan is put into place for families with complex needs. This may be required as earlier forms of intervention have not been effective. Family Support Plans, similarly to a CAF, look to bring agencies and families together in order to put in place the best package of support. Parents and Carers or the child where appropriate, must consent to this document.

The child and their family

 

School staff

 

Multiple external agencies including Health, Family Support Workers, CAMHS, housing, GP, dentist. This also extends to more targeted services such as counselling services, NSPCC or agencies associated with a particular condition. In some cases Social Care will be invited to Family Support Meetings.

Level 4

Children and young people who will not achieve the five outcomes without intensive support.

Child in Need

 

These are meetings for families who require intensive support in order for the child to achieve their 5 outcomes. These meetings are led by Social Care and all agencies involved will be invited along with parents and carers.

 

Child Protection

These are meetings for families whose children are at risk of significant harm. These meetings are led by an independent chair and all agencies involved will be invited along with social care, parents and carers. These meetings will be reviewed every 6 weeks during core group meetings and every 6 months for review child protection conferences.

The child (where appropriate)  and their family

 

School staff

 

Multiple external agencies including Health, Family Support Workers, CAMHS, housing, GP, dentist. This also extends to more targeted services such as counselling services, NSPCC or agencies associated with a particular condition. Social Care would always attend Child in Need and Child Protection conferences.

If you would like any further information, please feel free to contact us at school.
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