Early Help Newsletter - February 2017

The only number you need

Whether you think a parent or family needs some support, or you are worried a child might be at risk of abuse or neglect, there is only one number you need – 0345 6789 021. From this number you will receive the support you need to get the right help at the right time to strengthen families and safeguard children.

Are you new to Early Help and would like to know more about how Early Help works in Shropshire? 

Whether you are in a school, an early years setting, in health, social care or the voluntary sector, if your work involves children and their families, the new Early Help training will support you to see the benefits of partnership working and early help.

Early help covers a wide range of universal and targeted services, with workers in a position to identify and support families and children who may be experiencing some low level challenges and who would benefit from some support. The purpose of early help is to improve the life chances of children and families and benefit the wider community, whilst being innovative and cost-effective.

In Shropshire, early help focuses on from conception to early adulthood, because early help is not just about the early years but also about preventing adolescents and young adults from developing problems. We want every family to develop a cycle of positive parenting, relationships and behaviour. Early help is about taking action as soon as possible to tackle problems for children and families before they become more difficult to reverse.

Early help also focuses on enhancing the capabilities of every parent to provide a supportive and enriching environment for their children.

Research* shows that effective early help can improve outcomes for children in a number of areas. These include:

  • improved school attendance
  • reduced short-term school exclusions
  • reduced inappropriate sexualised behaviour
  • reduced isolation
  • improved presentation
  • immunisations being up to date where they had been absent previously
  • improved progress in meeting developmental milestones
  • academic improvements
  • improved housing and home conditions
  • care arrangements stabilising
  • improved speech and language

New Early Help training modules have been developed and include:

  • The Role of the Lead Professional
  • Capturing the Voice of the Child and Family
  • Assessment and Analysis Skills
  • SMART Action Planning
  • Information Sharing and Consent

These sessions are a half day and are open to delegates from a wide range of organisations, allowing for multi-agency discussion and learning to take place.

Full details on any of the above training modules and ECINS training sessions can be viewed from the SSCB Multi-agency Safeguarding Training Schedule via the link from the Shropshire Safeguarding Shropshire’s Children Board (SSCB) webpage SSCB website. All learners will need to REGISTER and then APPLY for training from the appropriate link from this webpage. 

* Early help: whose responsibility? Ofsted March 2015


These one-hour briefing sessions have been set up for first line Managers who supervise and Senior Managers and Strategic Leads to help understand how the evidence based and nationally evaluated assessment tool will be used in practice throughout Shropshire’s safeguarding system. 

Managers of Social Workers, Early Help practitioners, CAFCASS (children’s guardians), Teachers & Pastoral Support staff within schools, Family Support Workers (schools and nurseries), Education Welfare Officers or equivalent; Health Visitors, School Nurses and other healthcare staff, adult Substance Misuse practitioners, young person Substance Misuse practitioners, Mental Health workers, Housing Officers, YOS should all attend these briefings.

Briefing sessions available on:

  • Monday 13th February– 9.30am to 10.30am – Shirehall, Shrewsbury
  • Thursday 16th February– 9.30am to 10.30am – Hope House, Morda, Nr Owestry
  • Monday 13th March – 9.30am to 10.30am – Rockspring Community Centre, Ludlow
  • Monday 27th March– 9.30am to 10.30am – Shirehall, Shrewsbury

Further information on the Managers’ Briefing Sessions and the full NSPCC GCP2 training for practitioners is available in the SSCB Multi-agency safeguarding Training Schedule, which can be viewed on the SSCB Safeguarding Training webpage.  Learners must Register and Apply for the Briefings and Full Course via the link on the SSCB Website

SSCB Multi-agency Training Team sscbtraining@shropshire.gov.uk  01743 254370

Consulting with a Targeted Early Help service about a family

If you have assessed a family and young person’s needs and wish to check with the identified Targeted Early Help service that their remit meets the needs you’ve identified, please contact the service lead. The members of staff to consult with are:-

  • Enhance  Sue Green EnHance Senior Keyworker Telephone number:  07791876599 or  Maria Evans EnHance Senior Keyworker Telephone number:  0758427878 
  • Targeted Youth Support Jo Cox Telephone number: 01743 250948 
  • Lifelines Jo Cox Telephone number: 01743 250948 
  • Children’s Centres North Alex Morris-Perkins Telephone number: 01691 656513  
  • Children’s Centres Central Louise Carter Hayes or Steph Pickles Telephone number: 01743 452400 
  • Children’s Centres South Annie Mackellar  Telephone number: 01588 673873  
  • Parenting Practitioners Karen Ladd Telephone number: 01743 250991

Further information about the process for Requesting a Targeted Early Help Service, can be found on the Early help website  

Use of ECINS for requests for intervention from Targeted Early Help services from 1st January 2017

ECINS was developed and introduced through consultation with practitioners, and is a tool to help improve communication and information sharing between agencies and for ensuring that families are supported by the most appropriate service at the right time. From the 1st January 2017, those practitioners who are registered to use ECINS and have undertaken training must now be using the system to record case information, and to make a Request for Intervention. There is supporting information, manuals and guides on the Early help website  

Use of ECINS for requests for intervention from Targeted Early Help services from 1st April 2017

From 1st April 2017, all requests for intervention for targeted early help (excluding CAMHS) must be done through ECINS. If your organisation needs to sign up to ECINS the paperwork is on the Early Help Website for further information please contact ShropshireStrengtheningFamilies@shropshire.gov.uk  

Free Training for Practitioners of Positive Approaches to Autism Spectrum Conditions

Autism West Midlands have organised another of their popular training sessions for practitioners on positive approaches to autism. The training includes:-

  • Autism as a spectrum
  • How autism is diagnosed
  • Supporting parents of children on the spectrum
  • Strategies to use with children and young people

The training will be held on Wednesday 15th March 2017 from 9:30am to 1pm at The Lantern, Meadow Farm Drive, Sundorne, Shrewsbury, SY1 4NG. Refreshments not provided but available to purchase from the coffee shop on site.

To book online please visit the Autism West Midlands Website

For further information please email: Shropshire@autismwestmidlands.org.uk or call us on: 01743 250962

SEND Local Offer – Growth and Development

We are pleased to announce our SEND Local Offer has changed. We are in a position where we can make some exciting changes to the way the SEND Local Offer works.

What does this mean for you?

While the content will remain much the same, however the web address has changed and it looks different. We have a landing page that has three distinct areas Parent Carers, Young People, and Practitioners. Each area is then be broken down further to make it easy to find the relevant information.

The three key features remain the same:

  • Events Calendar – also accessing the Shropshire Council calendar.
  • Service Directory – linking with the FIS directory bringing universal and specialist services together with improved search features.
  • Information Pages –will have improved navigation for ease of use.

We are excited that this change has brought us an opportunity to take your feedback and comments alongside data gathered from multiple sources to make some significant improvements to the website. The existing web links will continue to work with a redirect for a short while longer while we transition between the old and new service.

Email: local.offer@shropshire.gov.uk

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REMINDER - Getting communication right

Good communication is important to us and we'd welcome your comments and feedback on what works for you. Do you like frequency, length and content of the Early Help newsletters? What do you think of the new Early Help Website? What else could we try to get messages out to you? If you want to share your thoughts then please email kate.bentham@shropshire.gov.uk