Think Family and Early Help - February 2017 Newsletter


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Monthly Newsletter - February 2017 edition

Praise for West Sussex Children and Young people services’ from Children’s Commissioner for England


The Children's Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield OBE, has praised West Sussex County Council’s Children and Young Peoples’ services. 

Anne attended an event last week to look at the Vision for Children and Young People in West Sussex and discuss strategies and services. Council members, health services, partners and professionals were there to showcase the innovative ways they are helping young people and families in the county.

A video is available with Anne speaking about the work going on in West Sussex, visit and search Vision for Children. Anne also answered questions from the West Sussex Youth Cabinet on plans for the country to leave the European Union and gave her views on lowering the age at which young people can vote.

Think Family and Early Help Performance


1) Within Phase 2 (since Sept 2014) we have opened 4,118 cases which qualify against national criteria (those vulnerable families with multiple, complex needs).  

2) We are currently achieving measurable improvements in the lives of 81% of the families we are working with (through analysis of their ‘distance travelled’).

3) West Sussex currently have 47,981 children under 5 in West Sussex. 94% of this figure are currently registered for services within the county. 

Baby Grow with Five to Thrive


Your child's body grows better when you give the child good food. Your child's brain grows better when you do five simple things.

Respond * Cuddle * Relax * Play * Talk

Cuddle: All sorts of touch can be included in the concept of ‘cuddle’: stroking, patting, holding, feeding, hair care, nail care, massage, being carried, holding hands, and many more interactions involving physical contact. Physical contact is essential for healthy brain development, and the second step of the attachment process is physical attunement, in which the bodies of the baby and the parent begin to work together in harmony, with the physiology of each changing to match the other. Read more about baby brain development here.

Booklet Supporting Families on an Early Help Plan

Family Booklet

Professionals working with families: Please remember that the family booklet can be viewed here, along with a video of this. 

If a family is on a Family Plan, ensure they have seen this or been given a copy. If you require additional copies, email

Skills and Jobs Fair

School Recruitment Fair: Give Children the Best Start in Life


Know someone looking for a change? Whether they are new to teaching, returning to work or looking for a new career, our local schools may be the answer. There are 284 West Sussex schools looking for people with the skills to make a difference.

School roles include: Teacher, Educational Psychologist, Governors’ Clerk, Headteacher, Business Manager, Teaching Assistant, Caretaker, Apprentice, Catering Assistant, Technician and Governor.

The School Recruitment Fair is taking place on Saturday 11th February at the Premier Lounge at Fontwell Park Racecourse from 10.00am to 3.00pm.

Featuring a live jobs board, the recruitment fair will give people the chance to speak to schools, teacher training organisations and service providers from food to educational psychology.

Find out more at

West Sussex Affordable Warmth Scheme


Asphaleia Education Programmes 

Do you know young people who are currently disengaged from learning? Are they experiencing long waiting lists for provision? Do they need additional support alongside their learning? Do you need courses that are running right now?

Asphaleia currently have spaces for learners on all programmes in Uxbridge, Kent and West Sussex. Provision includes:

  • Functional skills 
  • Employability
  • 1-1 specialist mentoring packages
  • Personal and social development
  • Art therapeutic workshops
  • Engaging tutors
  • Small classes

Their roll on, roll off provision is free to learners aged 16-18 and offers access to a wealth of additional support such as lunch clubs, drop in sessions and signposting to further support where needed. Contact them for further information - 01903 823546

Practice Improvement Training

As part of the review of the Early Help Training pathway, the revised Implementing Early Help plans course is now available to book. 

Further dates have been added for the one day Signs of Safety Early Help and Wellbeing course from March.

Reflective Peer Supervision courses are now available to book; 15th February, 23rd February and 9th March. Please come with a possible case in mind.

Safety Planning training is being discussed alongside other training needed to support workers in the new IPEH service.

We are waiting whether West Sussex has been successful in our bid for EIP Phase 2. There has been considerable progress made with embedding the SOS framework and principles into the way Early Help is delivered and SOS will continue to be a key underpinning principle of the transformation programme and development of the integrated hubs. Look out for the early help SOS framework coming soon. Please contact Heidi Luck with any SOS queries and examples of good

Training and Work Experience Available!


The Prince's Trust in partnership with Equiniti is offering a three week training and work experience opportunity for young people who are interested in a career in business administration. If you are 16-25, not in work, education or training and living in Crawley, Brighton, Hove or Worthing join our free training programme where you can:

  • Gain three weeks direct work experience in a leading tech, payment, admin and investment services provider
  • Benefit from Employability Sessions
  • Guaranteed Interview at the end of the programme with access to live vacancies at Equiniti; and
  • Access to ongoing support from the Prince’s Trust including Progression Mentors.

The programme runs from 27th February - 17th March 2017. You will need to attend a taster day to be eligible for the programme which is on 7th February.

To register your interest or for more information, contact: / 07415 364 808.

Travel and lunch is paid for all young people. If you know of a young person you would like to refer please contact dominic as you will need to fill in an enquiry form.

Family Support Network (FSN) Updates

Jude Day, the FSN Lead for Crawley is leaving WSCC on Thursday 26th January. Elaine Blanks, the Early Childhood Team Manager for Crawley will be taking over the Chair for the Crawley forums, held fortnightly on Tuesday mornings at Langley Green Youth Centre. Please send any enquiries to for support with families and to book a slot on the forum agenda.

Training in February and March

Please click here to see training running from now until March 2017.


Peer Group Supervision Sessions are now available to book through the Learning and Development Gateway. These workshops offer a reflective session and are open to leads and practitioners in the early help workforce. The workshop is based on the signs of safety group supervision model and will provide you with a framework for thinking through a case. A live case is used to work through the process.

Additional Signs of Safety and Wellbeing sessions have just been made available on the Learning and Development gateway. The heart of the Signs of Safety process is an assessment and case planning format that is meaningful for professionals as well as the parents and children being assessed. In the past, assessment and planning processes privileged the professional voice and erased the perspectives of children, parents and other family members. The Signs of Safety assessment process integrates professional knowledge with local family and cultural knowledge, and balances a rigorous exploration of danger/harm alongside indicators of strengths and safety. 

Remember to book your LSCB training. Check out the Learning and Development Gateway Flyer.

Local Safeguarding Children Board Newsletter


Young People's Service & Local Offer Press Release


The Local Offer has released a press release