What is 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.
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.
CAF 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 CAF (Common Assessment Framework document) and developing and managing the TAF (Team Around the Family) to support children, young people and families.
CAF 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 CAF Champions on Wirral. You may contact any CAF Champion.
Early Help Directory of Services
The Early Help Directory of Services document 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 Help Directory can be accessed here
Early Help and Prevention Annual Review
The Early Help and Prevention Annual Review for 2015-16 is available to view HERE
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.
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
Guide to Integrated Working
The Guide to Integrated Working is the threshold document. 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.
The Guide to Integrated Working sets out the principles for multi-agency working at Level 3 of the continuum of need, often known as Early Help CAF and TAF.
Supporting documents for CAF and TAF are included in the Team Around the Family QA and Tools page. Please click on the link below.