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Early Help (support for Families)

Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life. Any pupil may benefit from early help, but in particular staff will be alert to the potential need for early help.

Philips High School have an allocated Early Help Social Worker and meets with the DSL, Health and Educational Welfare Officer every term to discuss any families (up-to around 6 families at each meeting) who may benefit from Early Help Support (with parental consent).

All pastoral staff are aware of the local early help process and understand their role in it. The DSL will take the lead where early help is appropriate.

  • There are 3 new locality Early Help teams based in Bury, Radcliffe and Whitefield and support all five neighbourhoods
  • The teams are working with children and young people, age 0-19, and their families
  • The teams are linked to the schools, so that every school in the borough has an Early Help contact
  • The Early Help teams link with partner organisations to ensure a joined up approach
  • A new Early Help assessment, the Story So Far (SSF), replaces the previous Early Help Family Support Plan and is already being successfully used by schools and other agencies

Identifying those children/ young people and their families in need of Early Help:

  1. Identify a child/young person has an additional need.
  1. Discuss identified need with the child/young person and/or their parents/carers.
  1. During the discussion gain consent to complete the SSF (Story So Far) to discuss the child/young person at the termly TAS (Team Around School) meeting in order to share information.

(Any child aged 12 or over and is deemed competent can consent to their own support without the parent’s permission to complete an SSF). If a parent refuses to give consent, this will be logged along with reasons for refusal given. Parents will have the opportunity to re-engage with the process at any subsequent meetings. Further concerns must be logged and may result in a request for support from Children’s Social Care.

  1. Document the information from the assessment on the SSF form.
  1. Agree next steps with the family and record these on the action plan of the SSF

Form and submit this to earlyhelp@bury.gov.uk

  1. There are 3 likely results from the assessment:
  2. a) assessment indicates no additional support is required
  3. b) assessment indicates additional support is required from another single agency (such as a Family Support Worker)
  4. c) assessment indicates a multi-agency response is required – Ref to MASH
  1. KCSiE 2021 has now extended the list of children who may benefit from an Early Help Assessment to include children who:
  2. a) have a family member in prison or are affected by parental offending (in Bury we also have access to the ‘Holding Families’ service.
  3. b) at risk of Honour Based Abuse such as FGM or Forced Marriage,
  4. c) are persistently absent from school including for part of the school day (School can also involve the Education Welfare Officer)

CONTACTING EARLY HELP (feel free to ring Miss Kansik at School to discuss)

Bury East Locality Team (including Tottington/Ramsbottom) Telephone: 0161 253 5200

Whitefield Locality Team (including Prestwich) Telephone: 0161 253 5077

Radcliffe Locality Team Telephone: 0161 253 7465/7468

Resources for Parents

Family Lives: https://www.familylives.org.uk – Wide range of advice and guidance for parents on the challenge of parenting. Lots of resources online to access.

National Centre for Domestic Violence: https://www.ncdv.org.uk/ – Domestic Abuse and Violence Emergency Legal Protection – A free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic abuse and violence regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation.

First Point Family Support: https://www.firstpointsupport.org.uk/ – offers post diagnostic workshops for parents/carers, sibling support groups and general parenting support.

Refuge: https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/ – Domestic Violence support for women and children. The freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247.

Citizens Advice Bureau (Bury and Bolton): https://www.cabb.org.uk/ (1st Floor St Johns House The Rock BURY Greater Manchester BL9 0ND) Phone: 0300 3309071 – Advice, Guidance and support available for issues with debt, benefits, work, support claiming Universal Credit etc.