Offer of Early Help

OFFER OF EARLY HELP

Definition:

“Providing early help is more effective in promoting the welfare of children than reacting later. Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life, from the foundation years through to the teenage years”

Working Together to Safeguard Children, DfE, March 2015

 Our Early Help Offer identifies the need to help our children and families as soon as problems start to emerge, or when there is a strong likelihood that problems will develop in the future. When a need for early help is identified this will be supported by staff from GFAPS using the Graduated Pathway approach.

 The Gloucestershire Early Help and Targeted Support Service is made up of local teams of professionals who deliver practical advice and support to children, young people and their families. The Gloucestershire County Council Link is

 http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/children-young-people-and-families/early-help-for-children-young-people-and-families/

 Early help at Gloucester and Forest Alternative Provision School is offered through the following areas in collaboration with other agencies:

  • Attendance in school

  • Emotional and behavioural needs

  • Parenting skills

  • Delay in development and learning

  • Identification and assessment of special educational needs

  • Speech and language delay;

  • Domestic abuse;

  • Faith abuse;

  • Gangs and Youth Violence

  • Gender based violence (violence against women and girls, including FGM)

  • Parental mental health;

  • Healthy eating and nutrition;

  • Child and adolescent mental health;

  • Family support including Gloucestershire Families First Plus Team;

  • Private Fostering

  • Radicalisation

  • Trafficking

  • Teenage Relationship Abuse

 The help we offer is delivered by a wide range of professionals including:

  • Education Psychologists;

• Early Help Co-ordinators;

• Early Help Social Workers;

• Family Support Workers;

• Thrive Practitioners;

• Child mental health specialists;

• Specialist behavioural support teachers and workers;

• Gloucestershire Families First Plus Team;

 The role of families first plus teams include;

  • Supporting the co-ordination and development of local partnerships.

  • Co-ordinate all request for additional support on behalf of the partnership

  • Provide advice, guidance and support through Community Social Workers

     Early Help Co-ordinators provide targeted support – a range of family support interventions including whole family intensive work, parenting groups, specific interventions linked to an assessment of need.

     How can I access this service?

    If you have some concerns a good starting point is to come and discuss your concerns with the Centre Lead or Rob Skelton or Debbie Kirkham.

 Before we can start to work with your family we need your consent. Our service is confidential and you will be asked for permission for us to speak with other relevant professionals on your behalf.