The Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership

Early Help

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In order to have an integrated approach in delivering and commissioning services that meets the Early Intervention and Prevention agenda Barnet has in place an Early Intervention and Prevention Strategy that is approved by the Health and Wellbeing Board and The Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership.

The strategy has the following guiding principles

  1. Intervene as early as possible;
  2. Take a whole family approach; and
  3. use evidence based monitoring systems

The overall intention of the strategy is to treat problems at the earliest level of need possible; and to seek to shift families down the tiers of need through successful interventions.

Children’s Centres and Early years providers together with partners across a range of health services such as midwifery, health visiting and Family Nurse partnership provide universal services for parents to be and families with children under 5 as part of our early help offer. Additional and targeted services are also provided, usually as part of Family Support and the CAF process for those families where there is additional need that does not require a statutory intervention. Support is available for parents of eligible 2, 3 and 4 year olds to access their Early educational Entitlement and to support child care and early years providers in quality improvement and delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage.

MASH is the for door for Early Help services that require a multi-agency approach and intervention (CAF). The CAF team comprises CAF social workers and CAF Co-coordinators who work with families, Lead Practitioners across the partnership and a range of professionals to ensure a coordinated plan for the whole family is in place to build resilience and prevent the need for statutory intervention where possible.

The Family Resilience Service provide family support and parenting programmes for families of children 0-19 where there is a CSC plan or CAF in place. Requests for parenting programmes where no other intervention is required can be made via the Universal Plus form.

Families First (Troubled Families)The Families First programme works across all services to provide interventions for families where school attendance, anti-social behaviour and worklessness is an issue.

Targeted Youth Support Provide support, interventions and activities for young people particularly those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged.

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