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Early Help

Early Help is a term describing a range of interventions by agencies with an individual child or family which aim to offer support to make sure all of their needs are met so they can flourish.

Interventions can be ‘early’ in terms of the age of a child, and ‘early’ in terms of an issue arising in the life of a child – from pre-birth to eighteen.

The Wirral Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) provides a framework for agencies, including statutory services (health, education and children’s social care), and voluntary and community organisations (e.g. Homestart), to work together to improve outcomes for children and families.  Click on the following links for leaflets for parents and carers:
Early Help Leaflet – This leaflet explains what Early Help is and how it could help your family
Team Around the  Family Leaflet – A guide for parents and carers -This leaflet is to help you and your family to understand the Team Around the Family approach and Early Help Assessment process

Early Help Strategy

Early Help is everybody’s responsibility: together we will make sure that children, young people and their families are safe, happy and ready for school, work and life’s challenges.

Early Help means better outcomes for children and families. Effective Early Help will resolve problems before they become overwhelming and require high cost, reactive services. Early Help enables children to be ready for school and more likely to achieve their full potential.

The purpose of the multi-agency Early Help Strategy is to ensure that young people who require help are provided with the right support at the earliest opportunity to secure positive outcomes for them and their families. The strategy can be accessed HERE.

TAF Champions

TAF Champions will help you if you have any questions in relation to completing assessment tools to help determine specific needs of an individual along with the EHAT (Early Help Assessment Tool) and developing and managing the TAF (Team Around the Family) to support children, young people and families.  Assessment tools can be found on the following link:  www.wirralsafeguarding.co.uk/tools-for-professionals  

TAF Champions will be able to point you in the right direction to find and understand what documentation and procedures should be followed, and can provide help in relation to undertaking the Lead Professional role, such as support to help you Chair your first meeting.

If your query is in relation to identifying if the situation for the child, young person of family is Level 3 and would benefit from TAF support please discuss with your Early Help Locality Social Worker.

Below are contact lists for all TAF Champions on Wirral. You may contact any TAF Champion.

Birkenhead Locality TAF Champions

South West Locality TAF Champions

Wallasey Locality TAF Champions

Wirral Wide Agencies TAF Champions

Wirral University Teaching Hospital TAF Champions

If you are unhappy with the decision MASH has made to a referral

  1. Contact the Early Help Team Manager Jane Egan 666 5125 email: [email protected]  or MASH Manager Deborah Prescott 666 4148 email: [email protected] )
  2. If there are still unresolved issues please go to the following link and follow Wirral Safeguarding Board Procedure http://wirrallscb.proceduresonline.com/chapters/p_esc_ch_soc.html#esc_process

CAMHS and Early Help Resource and Information Pack

The CAMHS and Early Help Resource-and-Information-Pack  details the Early Help services available to children, young people and their families. The offer includes courses and activities which can be accessed through provision including Children’s Centres, Play Centres and Youth Hubs, and details the help and support available through services including the Youth Support Service, the Response Service, the Family Intervention Services, Restorative Practice and other early help provision.

The Resource and Information pack can be accessed on the following link CAMHS-Early help Resource Information pack (May 2018)

Other directories you might find useful:
Safe Lives website: http://www.safelives.org.uk/practice-support/resources-identifying-risk-victims-face

Early Help Contact Information

Please click on the link below for contact details for the Early Help Team

Early Help Team Contact Information

Early Help Tools and Forms

Tools and forms used for Early Help Services can be found below:

Referral for Services Form
Lead Professional Pack
Early Help Assessment Tool (EHAT)
TAF minutes pro forma
Distance Travelled Tool
Distance Travelled Tool Guidance

Information and Assessment Tools for Graded Care Profile, Home Conditions, Child Sexual Exploitation, Domestic Violence, Barnardo’s Domestic Violence Risk Identification and the Brook Traffic Light Tool can be found on the following page: https://www.wirralsafeguarding.co.uk/tools-for-professionals/

Information regarding Supporting Families Enhancing Futures (SFEF) can be found on the following page: https://www.wirralsafeguarding.co.uk/team-around-family-qa-tools/

Information about Domestic Abuse for BME Clients
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/97924/english-3-steps.pdf
and for other languages
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/three-steps-to-escaping-domestic-violence

CAMHS-Early help Resource Information pack (May 2018)

Wirral CAMHS Advice & Duty Line  Tel: 0151 488 8453
Monday to Friday between 9am and 4.30pm
(except public holidays)

Early Help and Prevention Annual Review

The Early Help and Prevention Annual Review for 2015-16 is available to view HERE

Networking Meetings

A series of themed networking meetings are available for professionals who work with children, young people and their families. The aim of the meetings is to inform professionals about services available to young people and families – to let them know “what’s out there?”

A range of agencies will attend the meetings to present their services in a multi-agency environment which is designed to promote networking. The meetings will also give professionals the opportunity to participate in question and answer sessions.

The schedule and location of meetings will be listed below when available. Individual agendas will be available on the website prior to each meeting.

The next dates of Networking Events are being planned, the dates will be posted onto this page once they are confirmed. 

The last Early Help Networking Event discussed Happy, Healthy and Safe Wirral Communities.

Over the summer we would like to ensure that our children and young people are engaged in positive activities, able to avoid risk of ASB/ CE, able to access services and know where and who they can go to for help despite schools being closed, and, for a wide variety of agencies to be able to promote their services to a wide range of professionals from across the whole of the children’s workforce.

 The Networking events were held at the following venues  

Wednesday  4 July 9:30am  – 11:30am Birkenhead Town Hall

Friday 6 July 9:30am  – 11:30am Wallasey Town Hall

Happy, Healthy, Safe Communities presentation detailing some of the organisations represented on the day can be view on the following link Health Happy Safe Communities Summer -18 details of other services available to support families can be found in the CAMHS-Early help Resource Information pack (May 2018)

My Child Can

The Local Authority has set up a facebook page to promote activities for young people, offer and signpost to helpful advice, what’s on information, national campaigns and partner activities. Click here to view the page

Multi-agency Thresholds

The local Wirral threshold document can be found here: https://www.wirralsafeguarding.co.uk/multi-agency-thresholds/ . It details the four levels of need against which the needs of an individual child or young person can be assessed and it informs whether their needs can be met by universal services, or whether one or more other agencies might need to work together to make sure the child’s needs are met.