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Early Help in Sandwell. Early Help a core part of the Sandwell Improvement Plan. Delivering services at the right time and in the right way to help families help themselves to meet the needs of their children. Defining Early Help. This definition to be used by all staff across all partners

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Defining early help

Early Help a core part of the Sandwell Improvement Plan.

Delivering services at the right time and in the right way to help families help themselves to meet the needs of their children.

Defining Early Help

  • This definition to be used by all staff across all partners

  • This means working with, children and families who are below the threshold of social care, that stops problems emerging and supports families to improve their situation.


Our Sandwell solution

Four very basic principles

  • Work in neighbourhoods

  • Share information

  • Work within the planned resource base

  • Help families improve their daily lives

  • = KEEP IT SIMPLE


Children s services prevention model

Section 17 Assessment

(Children In Need)

Early Help Assessment (CAF)

Social Care/ Statutory intervention

Lead professional co-ordinating necessary support

Social Worker managing the case

Early Help

Build resilience in families and de-escalate needs

Universal services meeting needs

Intervene early to prevent escalation of needs

Key Worker delivering intensive interventions

Children’s Services Prevention Model

‘Early Help’ refers to needs and services before statutory intervention

The entire model is designed to de-escalate and prevent escalation of need



What is a COG?

A Community Operating Group is a multi agency meeting

which will:

  • Assist the Early Help Family Support (Tiers 1-3) by helping to resolve issues and frustrations

  • Ensure the right partners are engaged, the appropriate Lead Professional is identified and supported and action plans completed

  • Monitor performance, feed into corporate scorecard and provide data for partners

  • To spot purchase support and inform commissioning


Practical details

  • Seven COGs, based on the learning communities - 1 per town, 2 for West Bromwich

  • Meet monthly

  • Chaired by Senior Early Help Coordinator

  • Admin support from Family Services Team

  • Paperwork and details available electronically via Early Help Information System (eCAF)

  • Twelve cases per meeting/10 minutes per case


When to refer to a COG

  • The family are not engaging

  • A new Lead Professional is required or one cannot be identified (responsible for monitoring the action plan, coordinating partners and acting as the family’s point of contact)

  • Needs are escalating

  • There are gaps in service provision

  • A partner is not engaging properly


Multi‑Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)



Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub

SMBC Contact Centre

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub

Multi-Agency

Enquiry Team

SMBC Children’s Social Care

  • Combined high-level information sharing, early help and child in need screening, and DV screening team

  • Continuing to develop Multi-Agency Enquiry Team model with Police (note MAET not MAIT)

  • Sandwell MASH and MAET now being considered as a pilot within a regional model

Multi Agency Referral Form

Early Help Assessment

Part 1

Sandwell Early Help Services

WMP

Domestic Violence Notification

COG

Sandwell Early Help Services



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