Early Help

Initially school staff will support families where appropriate. We also have access to a Family Support Worker who works for the Birchwood cluster of schools. She is able to offer more specialised support following a referral from the school. Our aim is to support children and families as soon as problems begin to prevent escalation.

Level of Need Intervention Agencies who may be involved
Level 1Children and young people who are achieving each of the 5 outcomes. Whole school initiatives. 

Informal contact with children, parents and carers to resolve low level issues.

The child and their family 

School staff

Level 2Children and young people who may need extra support in order to achieve the 5 outcomes. School Support Meetings 

Informal meetings with parents and carers to resolve low level issues. These may require a referral to an additional agency and will be reviewed.

The child and their family 

School staff

 

Possible involvement of an external agency.

Level 3Children and young people who have complex needs and who may require co-ordinated support in order to achieve the 5 outcomes. Common Assessment Form (CAF) 

A document completed by the family with support from the lead professional. The CAF document brings together all agencies involved with a family to ensure that everyone is working together and information is shared.  The CAF would then be taken to a Service Allocation Meeting (SAM) to ensure that the appropriate support is being given. Parents and Carers or the child where appropriate, must consent to this document.

 

Family Support Meetings

 

A Family Support Plan is put into place for families with complex needs. This may be required as earlier forms of intervention have not been effective. Family Support Plans, similarly to a CAF, look to bring agencies and families together in order to put in place the best package of support. Parents and Carers or the child where appropriate, must consent to this document.

The child and their family 

School staff

 

Multiple external agencies including Health, Family Support Workers, CAMHS, housing, GP, dentist. This also extends to more targeted services such as counselling services, NSPCC or agencies associated with a particular condition. In some cases Social Care will be invited to Family Support Meetings.