Children, young people and families that need additional help are best supported through existing relationships with those who already work with them. That includes their school or a health professional, who can organise support from local partners.
If your concern does not meet criteria to make a request for support, but requires a higher level of intervention than Universal Services can offer, contact your local Senior Families First Coordinator for an Early Help case discussion. This will help identify the most appropriate way to support the family going forward.
It may be that a Families First Assessment could be the most appropriate way to support a family. If you are trained on the Early Help Module and can initiate a Families First Assessment, please do so. Alternatively, contact your local Senior Families First Coordinator.
Earlier, solution-focused interventions will likely prevent problems from escalating. The starting point should be open and honest communication between the family and practitioners to share concerns.
By working in collaboration with the child, young person, their family and other practitioners, working with the family’s strengths, can ensure that any agreed activity reflect the family’s priorities and focus on preventing problems before they occur.
Hertfordshire has a wealth of specialist services who work in our community and can provide early support for families.
Families First – services that support families who need extra help.
Your concern requires a collaboration of multi agency services. Community resources have been tried but have not been able to meet the family’s needs.
This is a formal referral for Children’s Services specialist Early Help support. It supports families whose needs have been persistently at Level 2 and are bordering on the need for Level 3 Intensive services.