2Defining Early HelpEarly Help a core part of the Sandwell Improvement Plan.Delivering services at the right time and in the right way to help families help themselves to meet the needs of their children.This definition to be used by all staff across all partnersThis means working with, children and families who are below the threshold of social care, that stops problems emerging and supports families to improve their situation.
3Four very basic principles Our Sandwell solutionFour very basic principlesWork in neighbourhoodsShare informationWork within the planned resource baseHelp families improve their daily lives= KEEP IT SIMPLE
4Children’s Services Prevention Model Lead professional co-ordinating necessary supportKey Worker delivering intensive interventionsUniversal services meeting needsSocial Worker managing the caseSocial Care/ Statutory interventionEarly HelpBuild resilience in families and de-escalate needsIntervene early to prevent escalation of needsSection 17 Assessment(Children In Need)Early Help Assessment (CAF)‘Early Help’ refers to needs and services before statutory interventionThe entire model is designed to de-escalate and prevent escalation of need
6What is a COG? A Community Operating Group is a multi agency meeting which will:Assist the Early Help Family Support (Tiers 1-3) by helping to resolve issues and frustrationsEnsure the right partners are engaged, the appropriate Lead Professional is identified and supported and action plans completedMonitor performance, feed into corporate scorecard and provide data for partnersTo spot purchase support and inform commissioning
7Practical detailsSeven COGs, based on the learning communities - 1 per town, 2 for West BromwichMeet monthlyChaired by Senior Early Help CoordinatorAdmin support from Family Services TeamPaperwork and details available electronically via Early Help Information System (eCAF)Twelve cases per meeting/10 minutes per case
8When to refer to a COG The family are not engaging A new Lead Professional is required or one cannot be identified (responsible for monitoring the action plan, coordinating partners and acting as the family’s point of contact)Needs are escalatingThere are gaps in service provisionA partner is not engaging properly
10Partners signed up … West Midlands Police Local Police Units Public Protection UnitsHealthSafeguarding nurseAdult mental healthSandwell & W Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust – Health VisitorChildren’s Social CareAdult’s Social CarePublic HealthEducationHousingProbationYouth Offending ServicesFamily Support Services (inc. CAF)Domestic Violence
11Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub SMBC Contact CentreMulti-Agency Safeguarding HubMulti-AgencyEnquiry TeamSMBC Children’s Social CareCombined high- level information sharing, early help and child in need screening, and DV screening teamContinuing to develop Multi- Agency Enquiry Team model with Police (note MAET not MAIT)Sandwell MASH and MAET now being considered as a pilot within a regional modelMulti Agency Referral FormEarly Help AssessmentPart 1Sandwell Early Help ServicesWMPDomestic Violence NotificationCOGSandwell Early Help Services