EHIP - November Newsletter


                                                                                              November 2018         


to the first Early Help Improvement Programme Newsletter! We will be informing you of topics discussed at the Early Help Improvement Board and will keep you up to date with key messages and any important changes.

Devon Early Help Roadshows

Early Help Roadshow

In September, over 500 practitioners attended 5 Early Help Roadshows across Devon. It was great to see so many partners coming together and networking. The events gained positive feedback, with a lot of requests for future Roadshows. Please let us know if you are interested in attending a future Early Help Roadshow.

Delegates received information packs containing the new Early Help Leaflet, Quick Step Guides, and Outcomes Framework and could visit stalls from a wide variety of agencies. There were updates regarding Working Together 2018, Early Help, Targeted Services (REACH, YIT, FIT, YSMART), the Threshold Tool consultation and Children's Centres.  

If you missed the Roadshows, you can listen to the Exeter afternoon event here!

Barnstaple EH Roadshow

^The North Early Help Roadshow in Barnstaple.

A message from the Early Help Locality Officers.

Outcomes Framework & 1-minute Guide

The Early Help for Families in Devon Outcomes Framework (and summarised 1 minute guide) has been created for practitioners to help identify, prioritise and address the needs of those families who have many multiple and complex needs.

The Outcomes Framework presents both the identifying factors and outcome measures applicable to families identified for support. The Outcomes Framework forms the goals against which significant and sustained progress will be measured for a family.

HM Government

The NEW Working Together to Safeguard Children Guidance 2018

New Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance was published on Wednesday 4th July and changes were outlined by DCFP representatives at the Early Help Roadshows.

Early Help Payment by Results (PBR) Nomination Form

As part of Early Help, Devon is tasked by Government to identify and work with families that meet the National Expanded Troubled Families Programme criteria. The aim is to bring sustained change through whole family working.  In Devon, this approach is incorporated in the wider Early Help system. 

We have been made aware by a variety of organisations of cases with successful outcomes for families that have never been recorded on Right for Children. As these cases would still qualify for Payment by Results funding to support Early Help provision, we are keen to ensure all successful cases are claimed. We have therefore created a Payment by Results (PBR) historic claims Nomination Form with supporting guidance.

This form can be used by all agencies where it is felt that a particular family, whom they have historically worked with, meets the criteria for the National Troubled Families programme.

Please note that this is NOT for current cases.

How do you demonstrate the Early Help principles in your work?

  1. an assessment that takes into account the needs of the whole family;
  2. an action plan that takes account of all relevant family members;
  3. a lead practitioner for the family, recognised by the family and other professionals involved with the family; and
  4. a focus on outcomes

Are you getting involved in your Locality Partnership meetings?

Locality Partnership meetings provide the opportunity to access Early Help advice, guidance, networking and the opportunity to access workshops and training. Regular attendance from all agencies at Locality Partnership meetings is key to ensuring a consistent approach to supporting children and families. The Early Help Improvement Board would like to encourage all agencies to identify a manager to attend the Locality Partnership meetings to share practice and receive key updates. 

Meeting dates for 2018/19.

Virgin Care

Devon Public Health Nursing

The last of the 4 Public Health Nursing hubs have now gone live. This provides a central contact point for families and professionals for correspondence, referral and clinical advice.  Families can now phone or text to speak to a duty Health Visitor or School Nurse for information and advice. There have also been some changes to the way in which services are delivered locally. Please help to inform children, young people and families, and other stakeholders, of the various ways that they can access the service and support them seeing the right practitioner at the right time and in the right place.


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