Staffordshire's Families Strategic Partnership

FSPB Newsletter

February 2018

Across Staffordshire, we aspire to ensure that more children, families and communities can feel happy, be safe and enjoy their life.

As part of Staffordshire’s investment in partnership working and multiagency collaboration, the Family Strategic Partnership was formed to create a platform for partners in Staffordshire to work closely together to a set of shared priorities.

This Newsletter aims to highlight the partnership work that we do across Staffordshire to demonstrate how we are all working together to improve the lives of families and communities in Staffordshire.

The Family Strategic Partnership newsletter will be sent out quarterly and each quarter we will focus on a different piece of partnership working.

This edition focuses on the Early Help work we are doing with Children and Families in Staffordshire.

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What Is Early Help?

Early Help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life, from the foundation years through to the teenage years.

Providing Early Help is more effective in promoting the welfare of children than reacting later.

Early Help can also prevent further problems arising, for example, if it is provided as part of a support plan where a child has returned home to their family from care.

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Partnership Working

Staffordshire's Early Help Strategy was created as a partnership document in  order to establish a common understanding of Early Help within the partnership, and ensure everyone can see how their contribution makes a difference to the lives of the children, young people and families.

This Newsletter gives details about  how some of our partners are implementing Early Help into their organisations and day to day working. 

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Reviewing the Early Help Assesment

Earlier this year, as a partnership we agreed to undertake a review of the Staffordshire Early Help Assessment (EHA) and Building Resilient Families and Communities paperwork (BRFC).

The EHA ensures that we have a common tool across the partnership to engage with children, young people and families as a way to explore their needs and agree how we can work together to reach a point where they can live happily, and independently without the need for additional help.

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Troubled Families Funding

In December 2017, Staffordshire County Council were one of 19 local authorities that were successful in the first stages of applying for the the Troubled Families ‘Earned Autonomy’ grant from the government.

If our bid is successful at the next stages of the application process, this funding will enable us to take new approaches to support families earlier.

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Family Support Services in Staffordshire

As a partnership we are promoting family support services in order to offer early help to families with a range of needs. 

Staffordshire currently commissions voluntary sector organisations across Staffordshire to deliver Family Support which is available for families in need of additional help and support.

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Working With Families in Crisis 

Staffordshire Police, alongside partners, have been working with families in ‘crises’.
We have been working with the county’s most ‘complex' families – often facing a combination of unemployment, crime and addiction - to turn their lives around by bringing together services to solve their problems.

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Princes Trust Programme to Help Young People Into Employment.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is delivering local Prince’s Trust programmes in Stafford, Cannock, Rugeley and Tamworth.

The programmes are aimed at supporting young people aged 16-25 years old who want support getting into employment.

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Launching 'Early Help' Pilot In Tamworth

Over the past few months, we have been working with partners and practitioners to redesign the Early Help processes and paperwork.  The new system has been co-developed to make sure it is more streamlined and simplified to enable practitioners to engage and work with families more effectively.

The new Early Help practices will be piloted in the Tamworth district from 19th February 2018. The Tamworth district has been selected by the partnership to ensure the new processes dovetail with the systems and processes that are being developed though the Place Based Approach which is now well developed in Tamworth.

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Early Help In Education

Schools across Staffordshire have been working to implement Early Help into their everyday working by proactively connecting with a number of local charities, partners and organisations to enhance the lives of the children at the school.

Watch Deputy Head of Rawlett School in Tamworth talk about the pilot by clicking on the video to the left.

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Educating to Prevent Child Sexual Exploitation

Child Sexual Exploitation is an issue that the Police and Crime Commissioner has committed to tackling within Staffordshire.

They have commissioned work to educate on how to spot signs of Child Sexual Exploitation and give guidance on how to report concerns.

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Improving Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

South Staffordshire & Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have been working hard to ensure that access to mental health services are more accessible for children in Staffordshire.

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Partners Work Together In 'Safe + Sound' Project

Safe+Sound is a partnership approach to health, safety and wellbeing, coordinated by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Since September 2017 the Safe+Sound project has delivered almost 2,000 programmes to children across Staffordshire.

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Integration of Children’s Health Services


South Staffordshire & Shropshire Foundation Trust and Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership Trust two healthcare organisations provide a wide range of child health services across South Staffordshire. Historical services boundaries have made it difficult to access support. The two services are now working together to improve the accessibility of services for children, enabling then to access early help.

Staffordshire's Youth Parliament


Staffordshire's Council of Voluntary Youth Services have been supporting Staffordshire's Youth Members of Parliament in their debates in the House of Commons promoting issues important to young people such as work experience , better public transport and LGBT rights.

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Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership


The Partnership deliver road safety sessions to young drivers who have just passed their test. Safety sessions are delivered by Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Staffordshire County Council, Stoke- on-Trent City Council and Highways England. 

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Fire Service Cadets+ Scheme


Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have launched a Cadet+ Scheme for 14- 17 year olds.

The cadets scheme allows them to work towards achieving their Duke Of Edinburgh Award.

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West Chadsmoor Family Centre


West Chadsmoor Family Centre is a local community organisation which was commissioned in August 2016 to deliver low level 1-2-1 Early Help family support to families with children aged 0-19.

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Preventing Female Genital Mutilation


The Police and Crime Commissioner is working hard to prevent Female Genital Mutilation across Staffordshire. They have commissioned a number of initiatives that are rolling out across Staffordshire.

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Cannock Multi-Agency Centre

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Cannock Schools have turned a disused area into a multi-agency centre for students and families to access 1-2-1 support.  The hub ensures that students and their families receive the bespoke support they need in a timely manner to tackle problems.

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