What is Early Help?
Early Help aims to offer families the extra support they need to help them overcome difficulties they may be facing before they become more serious; it is about getting families the right support at the right time. We want to ensure there are no lost opportunities to help children and their familiesso its essential that we work together to help support children and families at the earliest stage.
Early Help can be provided by different professionals and agencies and is often someone already known to the family such as a teacher or health visitor. This then enables the Local Authority to provide more focused support when families need it the most.
If a family or child feel they may benefit from Early Help support they can approach any professional they feel comfortable talking to, such as a schoolteacher, youth worker, health visitor or GP and ask them to complete an Early Help Assessment (EHA) with them.
An Early Help Assessment is a way of gathering and sharing information about the things that are working well for a child and their family and the things that they might need help with.
Team Around the Family (TAF)
Following an Early Help Assessment, the person completing this with a family may invite the family to take part in a Team around The Family Meeting (TAF). TAF is a way of getting people together to offer support to ensure everyone is working together to achieve the same goals, and the plan is what works for a family.
Our Early Help offer includes a wide range of services and activities children and families can access.
Standard Family Support (0-19, up to 25 with SEND)
The list of services below can be accessed by a professional completing a Multi-Agency Referral Form (MARF) on behalf of the family, or a family member can contact the Local Authority’s Early Help front door direct by calling 01572 758493 or emailing: email@example.com
- Group work programmes around parenting support which includes:
- Living with Children and Teens’ a 6-week group work programme for parents struggling with their child’s behaviour.
- Family Transitions – Positive Parenting Programme a 5-week group programme for parents who are separating/separated and experiencing high levels of disagreement.
- 8 – 12 weeks of 1:1 mentoring support for young people aged 11 – 18. Our mentors are trained and experienced youth workers who can help young people find ways to deal with situations or feelings that are causing them to be worried or concerned, such as being bullied in school, not getting on with family and friends.
- A range of Young Carers support groups and services are available for children and young people aged 5-19. More information can be found on our website.
Enhanced Family Support (0-19)
Some families may face more difficult challenges and have several different issues they are trying to deal with that requires extra early help support. In these situations, a professional already known to the family may suggest completing a Multi-Agency Referral Form (MARF). This is then sent to the Local Authority’s Early Help Front Door Team to consider and assess what extra support the family may need.
- Team Around the Family Support provided by an Early Help Worker who will work with families with more complex needs to help them bring about positive change.
- 8 - 12 weeks Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) based support for children aged 8-18 delivered by a qualified wellbeing practitioner.Our wellbeing practitioners work withchildren and young people,who have emerging mental health or emotional wellbeing difficulties,which include anxiety, phobia, and low mood.
- Youth Justice Service support for children aged 10-17 for young people who may be involved with or are at risk of being involved with crime.
- Relationships Matter focused support for families living together where arguing has become more frequent and family conflict remains high and unresolved.
If you would like to find out more about any of the Early Help support detailed above, please contact the Early Help Team by emailing us at EarlyHelp@rutland.gov.ukor phoning 01572 758493.