Early Help and Preventative Services. Patrick Leeson Corporate Director, Education and Young People’s Services Kent County Council. Vision.
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Corporate Director, Education and Young People’s Services
Kent County Council
Our vision is that every child and young person, from pre-birth to age 19, and their family, who needs early help services will receive them in a timely and responsive way, so that they are safeguarded, their educational, social and emotional needs are met and outcomes are good, and they are able to contribute positively to their communities and those around them now and in the future, including their active engagement in learning and employment.
Schools AEN funding £88m
Pupil Premium £30m
STLS and Special School outreach £7.7m
PRUs and alternative provision £11.8m
KCC Early Help Services £36.4m
Free Early Years for 2 year olds £17.6m
These services are designed to respond early to tackle problems emerging for children, young people and families, who without early help would be at greater risk of developing more serious problems and having poorer outcomes. The services are organised around 0-11 year olds (Kent Integrated Family Support Service and 11-19 year olds (Kent Integrated Adolescent Support Service).
Early Help and Preventative Services
• Safeguarding children and young people from harm and preventing problems escalating;
• Focusing services on high need families;
• Improving outcomes for, and meeting the needs of, vulnerable children and adolescents;
• Ensuring support to make big difference in the early years;
• Improving the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people; and
• Ensuring early support for disabled children, young people and their families.
Over 50,000 children and young people live in poverty in families with less than 60 per cent of median income, and so they are less likely to achieve or maintain the standards of health, wellbeing, safety, educational attainment or employment enjoyed by others.
Many of these children thrive, in spite of difficulties, but among these there are children and families with multiple disadvantages who, without additional support, will not be able to improve their outcomes. For this reason Early Help and Preventative Services will ensure we target the right children, young people and families and respond with the most effective joined up packages of support that are likely to have long term positive impact.
Troubled Families Programme,
Early Intervention and Family Support Workers,
Attendance and Inclusion,
support for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children,
Connexions targeted support for NEET young people,
services for young people’s substance misuse,
teenage pregnancy and sexual health.
There will also be more joined up work with CAMHS, school nursing and health visiting, together with a more coordinated approach to commissioning children’s health provision.
• Provide a single service response so that families, children and young people do not need to move around the system and in and out of different services
• Strengthen earlier intervention through universal settings and to deliver our early help services in families and in and around schools and other universal settings
• Coordinate our services with NHS services, so that we get a more integrated approach with health visitors, school nurses, CAMHS, and substance misuse and sexual health workers who all have a role in providing early help
• Have a clear simple pathway for children and young people’s needs to be identified and assessed and a clear plan of support provided for the family
• Deliver District based integrated teams that will work together to provide support, and that will meet weekly to coordinate and review the support packages for families in their local area, and the progress that is being made towards achieving agreed outcomes
• Use the strengths of families to help themselves and ensure continuity of support for them until they feel things have improved
Mental illness of parent
Unstable parental and family relationships
Domestic abuse and child abuse
Adverse family events, separation, bereavement
Multiple risks increase likelihood of harm
Identify schools willing to be ‘Early Adopters’ linked with the Children’s Centres and Youth Hubs
Revise and refresh the CAF and ensure simplicity and clarity throughout the early help assessment
Brand recognition and quick response times
Parental engagement in the earliest years
Schools and other partners to know the local offer and their key KCC district leads
Clarify the early help offer and provision in school
Identify the available funding and resources for early help and prevention in school
Identify and prioritise pupils (and families) who need additional early help services from KCC
Revise and review the use of the CAF and how the school uses it
Consider improvements to parental engagement and support
Schools and other partners to know the local offer and engage with their key KCC district leads