What is Early Help?

Every family has its ups and downs.  Being a parent is hard work and there are no instructions.  Sometimes, families may need extra support.  This may be before children are born, when they are very young, or throughout their school years.  Early Help helps families recognise what's going well for them, where they may benefit from extra help and who is the best person to work with the family to make this happen.

Early Help is available for children and young people up to the age of 18 and their families who may need extra support.  Early Help is entirely voluntary, so if you don't think it is right for your child, then you don't have to consent to Early Help.

Services under Early Help can be accessed directly via universal services, without a referral.

For more information visit the on-line directory

The Role of the Early Help Coordinator and Early Help Module

The Early Help Coordinator will initially be the professional that identifies the need for Early Help intervention.  However, the Early Help Coordinator role can be transferred at any time throughout the open Early Help Episode with parental consent.

North Somerset's Early Help Strategy sets out the expectation that the provision of Early Help is a multi-agency responsibility and therefore, the Early Help Module has been configured to be flexible so that any agency can contribute to the case. 

Early Help Module

Early Help IT Queries: earlyhelpitqueries@n-somerset.gov.uk

Contact details

Gosha Port – Early Help Advisor.
Telephone: 01934 426 329 or E-Mail: Gosha.Port@n-somerset.gov.uk

Graham Pascoe – Welfare Officer
Telephone: 01275 888 694 or E-Mail: Graham.Pascoe@n-somerset.gov.uk

Early Help Advice Help Line
Telephone: 01934 426 329 or email: EarlyHelp.AssessmentFeedback@n-somerset.gov.uk

For help with the Early Help Module (EHM)

Early Help Contacts Leaflet
Early Help Offer Directory
Early Help Offer Directory Contact Details

Training

Types of Training and Dates

Best Practice Training 
Facilitator - Gosha Port

CPD Booking

The Training is practice driven with no EHM.

This one and a half day training is designed for all staff who provide
co-ordinated multi-agency early help to families - either as a first intervention or as a result of Step Down It will be highly practical and look at all aspects of the process from making an assessment to attending Team around the Family meetings. We have designed the course using feedback from the Early help Conference and the most questions that practitioners most frequently ask.

Outcomes are:

  • Feel confident about when to offer Early Help
  • Know about and have plans for making a holistic assessment of a child and their family's circumstances
  • Know how to use signs of Wellbeing to greatest effect
  • Have strategies for organising and running team around the family meetings
  • Know more about closing Early help , Step up and Step Down
  • Know how to use the Outcomes measures tool
DatesVenue
 8th & 9th December 2016 Campus 
 2nd & 3rd March 2017 Campus, Room 1 
 9th May 2017 Campus, Room 1 
 10th May 2017 Campus, Room 2 
 28th & 29th September 2017 Campus, Room 1 

Please book this training via CPD online.  ttps://www.n-somersetcpd.org.uk/index.asp

Basic Training 
Facilitator - Gosha Port

CPD Booking

All candidates are required to request an account on EHM minimum two weeks prior the training session, or will be unable to take part in the training. For further information please contact: earlyhelp.assessmentfeedback@n-somerset.gov.uk

This training is designed for all staff who provide co-ordinated multi-agency early help to families- either as a first intervention or as a result of Step Down.

This session will provide guidance on what Early Help looks like in North Somerset and will provide guidance on how to use Early Help Module. The session will be interactive and will work flexibility to ensure that the session meets everyone’s needs.

Outcomes

By the end of the session you will have:

  • An understanding of Early Help in North Somerset
  • You will be able to log into the EHM
  • Search and create a family
  • Start Early Help Episode
  • Record consent
  • Start an assessment
  • use the case note function

To be able to take part in this session practitioners are required to request Early Help Module access.

An email needs to be sent to : earlyhelp.assessmentfeedback@n-somerset.gov.uk
with name, surname, job title, DBS number, work email address, work telephone number, agency name, and manager name.

The email has to be sent as soon as candidate books a place.

DatesVenueTime
 15th September 2017 Castlewood, 1.08   09.00 - 13.00 
 7th December 2017 Castlewood, 1.08  09.30 - 13.00 
 1st February 2018 Castlewood, 1.08  09.30 - 13.00 
 5th April 2018 Castlewood, 1.08   09.30 - 13.00 
 14th June 2018  Castlewood 1.08 09.30 - 13.00

Please book this training via CPD online.  ttps://www.n-somersetcpd.org.uk/index.asp

Surgeries
Facilitator - Gosha Port

The sessions are open to all practitioners working with families and Early Help. Practice and IT support available. No need to book your place. The session is split into two parts. First part is a structured lecture around completing a meeting, plan and case transfer on EHM, and the second part is one-to one support around practice and module.

Outcomes

You will be able to:

  • complete recording a meeting on EHM
  • complete recording a plan on EHM
  • complete case transfer on EHM
  • Your individual queries will be resolved
DatesVenueTime
5th December 2016 Ashcombe School, Weston-super-Mare 3pm - 5pm
2nd February 2017 Ravenswood School,
Nailsea BS48 2NN 
3pm - 5pm
6th March 2017 Westhaven School,
Uphill
3pm - 5pm
10th April 2017 Little Waves Nursery,
W-s-M, BS23 3TZ
3pm - 5pm
4th May 2017 Castlewood, Room 1.08 3pm - 5pm
5th June 2017 Gordano School
Portishead, BS20 7QR
3.30pm - 5pm
6th October 2017 Westhaven School,
Uphill
3pm - 5pm
9th November 2017 Castlewood, Room 1.08 9.30am - 11.30am
4th December 2017 Alliance Main Office
40, Martingale Way
Portishead BS20 7AW
3pm - 5pm

Please book this training via CPD online.  https://www.n-somersetcpd.org.uk/index.asp

The sessions are open to all practitioners working with families and Early Help. Practice and IT support available.

Templates and Guidelines

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Super Users

Kerrie Bird, Children's Services Systems Project Officer is the Super User Lead.  Her contact details are: kerrie.bird@n-somerset.gov.uk or tel: 01275 884 206.

A list of super users is available to download: