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1 Early Help in Sandwell

2 Defining Early Help Early 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 partners This 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.

3 Work in neighbourhoods Share information Work within the planned resource base Help families improve their daily lives = KEEP IT SIMPLE Our Sandwell solution Four very basic principles

4 Intervene early to prevent escalation of needs Social Care/ Statutory intervention Early Help Section 17 Assessment (Children In Need) Early Help Assessment (CAF) Universal services meeting needs Lead professional co- ordinating necessary support Key Worker delivering intensive interventions Social Worker managing the case Build resilience in families and de-escalate needs ‘Early Help’ refers to needs and services before statutory intervention The entire model is designed to de-escalate and prevent escalation of need Children’s Services Prevention Model

5 Questions and Answers

6 What is a COG? Assist the Early Help Family Support (Tiers 1-3) by helping to resolve issues and frustrations Ensure the right partners are engaged, the appropriate Lead Professional is identified and supported and action plans completed Monitor performance, feed into corporate scorecard and provide data for partners To spot purchase support and inform commissioning A Community Operating Group is a multi agency meeting which will:

7 Practical details Seven COGs, based on the learning communities - 1 per town, 2 for West Bromwich Meet monthly Chaired by Senior Early Help Coordinator Admin support from Family Services Team Paperwork and details available electronically via Early Help Information System (eCAF) Twelve cases per meeting/10 minutes per case

8 When 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 escalating There are gaps in service provision A partner is not engaging properly

9 Multi ‑ Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

10 Partners signed up … West Midlands Police Local Police Units  Public Protection Units  Health Safeguarding nurse  Adult mental health  Sandwell & W Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust – Health Visitor  Children’s Social Care  Adult’s Social Care  Public Health  Education  Housing  Probation  Youth Offending Services  Family Support Services (inc. CAF)  Domestic Violence 

11 Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub Combined high- level information sharing, early help and child in need screening, and DV screening team Continuing 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 model SMBC Contact Centre Multi Agency Referral Form Early Help Assessment Part 1 WMP Domestic Violence Notification Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub Multi-Agency Enquiry Team SMBC Children’s Social Care Sandwell Early Help Services COG

12 Questions and Answers


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