Early Help Enabling the Voluntary Sector

So recently the CYPF team have had the pleasure of spending some time with the Local Authorities Early Help Enablers. We wanted to learn more about their role, how early help supports children, young people and families and how they can support the voluntary sector to be more involved in the Early Help process so we can reach, support and enable more people across the borough.

There are currently five enablers to support professionals and voluntary organisations split across the borough.

What is Early Help?
The enablers explained that Early Help is when action is taken as early as possible to provide support for children, young people and their families where issues or problems are emerging. This can be anything that the family is finding difficult and don’t feel they can deal with on their own. Early Help can be put in place at any time in a child’s or young person’s life.

What is the role of the Early Help enabler?
The role of the Early Help enabler is to support organisations both voluntary and statutory to ensure practitioners are confident with the Early Help process, so they understand how to enable people to access Early Help.

The enablers told us that some people need support with Early Help because they don’t fully understand it benefits. The enablers explained that if concerns are addressed earlier we are more able to bring about change and problems don’t become entrenched. Early Help is about understanding that at times life for many reasons can be hard, it’s about supporting people through these hard times, changing family norms and raising aspirations so that people can meet their full potential.

The enabler’s role is to support the people that work with children young people and families, they can go through the process with professionals so they are fully supported. They also offer different levels of support, they can support both the organisation and the parents. They want people to know that they can always pick up the phone and talk to them about Early Help. They are a great resource to be utilised, and they want people to know that they are out there and that they want to help.

Enablers can help you to undertake an Early Help Assessment and create a support plan, and build a meeting around the family. They can support you by chairing meetings or come out to your organisation and talk about their role, early help and how the thresholds work. They are happy to support the organisation with any part of the process.

What’s key is how Early Help is explained to families and young people, the enablers can support you with having these conversations and help you to explain it fully and put a package of support around the family to protect them.

The process
The Early Help process usually starts with an assessment. This is completely voluntary and parents need to give consent to access Early Help support. The assessment is designed to capture the voice of the family as a whole and in addition on an individual basis so that both parental wishes and needs and those of children and young people are all taken into account and heard.

There are Multi Agency Action Meetings (MAAM) which take place fortnightly where lots of different professionals from a variety of organisations meet and discuss what support can be offered and put in place to support the families’ wishes and needs. At the Multi-Agency Action Meeting it’s decided who will take the lead role, it could be that it’s better for a health colleague to lead if it’s a health need, or a voluntary sector organisation if they are deemed to have the best relationships with the family, or a school if it’s an education need. Whoever has put the referral in is invited to this meeting so they help make the decision as to who the lead officer should be.

The enablers explained that the process can be hard and at times time consuming but these are our families and we need to meet their needs and the needs of their children. It’s so important to get the best package of support for families which we do because they are individually tailored to meet the needs that parents have identified themselves.
Once an Early Help Assessment has been completed there may be a need for a Team Around the Family meeting where both parents and professionals involved are invited to attend. They can share their experiences and have the opportunity if needed to hold the professionals to account. Parents and their children feel at the centre of the process and they can really have a say. There may be a number of Team Around the Family meetings to ensure all actions are met that have been identified on the support plan. If Early Help is done right families are a part of the process, they understand they need support and self-identify what that support looks like. They are fully part of the process and empowered by it.

Early help enablers understand that every family is different and every organisation is different so they can tailor support to the needs of the professional, organisation and the family. The more assessments you do the easier they get, they can look quite daunting but the information is key to helping get the right support in place, otherwise you can repeat what support is already in place or go up the wrong path.

Get to know your Enablers
Rachael Foley – Dudley Central
Racheal is the enabler for Dudley Central, she has worked within Early Help for the past 10 years, before that she worked for Connexions Services in Dudley. Rachael started as an apprentice based within the Education Department at Westox House. In her spare time she enjoys walking her dogs Hank and Marvin who are French Bull Dogs and she has a cocker spaniel called Ellie.

Rachael is passionate about supporting vulnerable families and identifying needs at an earlier stage before they become complex and require support from social care, the best bit about her job is partnership working with people, meeting new people and making a difference for families.

Kaye Pedley – Brierley Hill
Kaye is the enabler for Brierley Hill. She has been working in Dudley since 2007, before that she worked at Walsall Children’s Centre and also worked at Hurst Hill primary in the foundation unit. Kaye enjoys looking after two grandchildren one who is 14 month old and a new-born, she also likes going to see live music and being taken out for meals.

Kaye is passionate about getting the best for children so they have the best start in life. She loves meeting new people and building relationships so that it gets the best for families.

Kulvir Toor – Dudley North
Kulvir has worked in the borough for around 5 years now, and has been in post as an Early Help Enabler since January 2017. She works part time and spends the other days looking after her three children.

Kulvir explained that she feels really feel passionately about Early Help if you can deal with problems early then there is much less chance of those problems getting bigger and unmanageable. Early Help gives parents, families and children the tools they need to make things better. Kulvir also believes that it is a learning tools for parents and children, giving them strategies and tools to cope, helping to encourage better behaviour and making their lives easier and better.

Linda Hartland – Stourbridge and Halesowen

Early Help Enablers offer
If any organisation would like to attend one of the Multi Agency Action Meetings just contact your local family centre and you can get a flavour for what takes place
Early help enablers are really keen to meet the voluntary sector in their communities. The vision for the service is proactive not reactive.
Training is available or you can request bespoke training that they can come out to team meetings or designated sessions to support organisations.

Visit or telephone one of the Early Help enablers within the Family Centres:

Stourbridge Family Centre – Forge Rd, Stourbridge, DY8 1XF, Linda Hartland email: Linda.Hartland@dudley.gov.uk telephone: 01384 818780

Halesowen Family Centre – Lye By-Pass, Stourbridge, DY9 8HT, Linda Hartland email: Linda.Hartland@dudley.gov.uk telephone: 01384 813954

Brierley Hill Family Centre – 18 Parkes Street, Brierley Hill, DY5 3DY, Kaye Pedley email: Kaye.Pedley@dudley.gov.uk telephone: 01384 813322

Dudley North Family Centre – Bayer Street, Bilston, WV14 9DS
Kulvir Toor email: Kulvir.Toor@dudley.gov.uk

Dudley Central Family Centre – Selbourne Road, Dudley DY2 8LJ, Rachael Foley email: Rachael.Foley@dudley.gov.uk telephone: 01384 812440

A video has been developed which explains the Early Help Assessment process in Dudley for practitioners. Please click here to view the Early Help Video

For more information visit https://www.dudley.gov.uk/resident/care-health/children-and-family-care/early-help-for-children-and-families/

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Early Help Assessment & The Role of the Lead Practitioner Training

A series of Early Help Training sessions are being held throughout January – March regarding the completion of Early Help Assessments and understanding the role of the Lead Practitioner.

(Please note – If you have already attended the Early Help Assessment & Role of the Lead Professional training sessions hosted by the Centre for Professional Practice in 2018 then they do not need to attend, as course content is the same)

Who is the training for?
Professionals who work with children, young people and families and complete Early Help Assessments.

Learning Outcomes:
The training will provide staff with the skills to:

Complete quality Early Help Assessments.
Understand the planning process required to complete an Early Help Assessment
Understand the role of the Lead Practitioner and the importance of the role in the co-ordination and provision of support to families
Develop practical skills and confidence to undertake quality Early Help Assessments

If you are interested in booking a place, please select the link beside the session you would like to attend:

Training Session Time

Tuesday 15th January 2019
Room 7, Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Road, Netherton, DY2 9LY
9:30-12:30 To book a place click here

Tuesday 15th January 2019
Hall, Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Road, Netherton, DY2 9LY
18:00-21:00 To book a place click here

Thursday 17th January 2019
Room 7, Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Road, Netherton, DY2 9LY
13:30-16:30 To book a place click here

Friday 18th January 2019
Hall, Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Road, Netherton, DY2 9LY
9:30-12:30 To book a place click here

Wednesday 23rd January 2019
Room 7, Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Road, Netherton, DY2 9LY
9:30-12:30 To book a place click here

Thursday 7th February 2019
Hall, Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Road, Netherton, DY2 9LY
13:30-16:30 To book a place click here

Thursday 7th February 2019
Hall, Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Road, Netherton, DY2 9LY
18:00-21:00 To book a place click here

Tuesday 12th February 2019
Room 6, Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Road, Netherton, DY2 9LY
13:30-16:30 To book a place click here

Wednesday 13th February 2019
Room 6, Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Road, Netherton, DY2 9LY
14:00-17:00 To book a place click here

Monday 4th March 2019
Hall, Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Road, Netherton, DY2 9LY
9:30-12:30 To book a place click here

Tuesday 5th March 2019
Hall, Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Road, Netherton, DY2 9LY
9:30-12:30 To book a place click here

Tuesday 5th March 2019
Hall, Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Road, Netherton, DY2 9LY
14:00-17:00 To book a place click here

Tuesday 12th March 2019
Room 7, Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Road, Netherton, DY2 9LY
18:00-21:00 To book a place click here

Wedesday 27th March 2019
Hall, Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Road, Netherton, DY2 9LY
13:30-16:30 To book a place click here

If you would like to know more or have any queries about the training, please contact;
Sally Walker
Project Support Officer – Family Solutions
People Directorate, Dudley MBC
T – 01384 (81) 3927
sally.walker@dudley.gov.uk

ARE YOU SAFE ONLINE?

mediaThe internet plays a big part in how people access information and communicate with others and it should be seen as a positive thing, but, as with ‘offline’ life, there can be risks to those who use it.

the Community Safety team want to make sure people make informed choices when they’re online to keep themselves, their family and friends safe. Dudley’s safeguarding boards and community safety partnership are asking adults in the borough to share their online experiences to help them better understand how people spend their time online and any problems they face.

The survey will be open until the end of January 2019 and responses will be used to inform the 2019 / 2020 online safety action plan.

To take part in the survey click here

 

Help for young people to Get Money Confident!

Citizen Advice Dudley Borough are developing a new service for young people that will start in January 2019. Get Money Confident will help young people develop and improve their money skills and tackle topics such as budgeting, saving and spending and providing practical help when things go wrong. There is also a similar programme for parents.

If you know of any young people or parents that would be interested and would benefit from attending contact Steph.Smart@dudleycabx.org.

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CSE Update

The very lovely Nicki Burrows managed to sneak her way back into the network meeting to provide a really useful update on CSE in Dudley borough.

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Nicki shared an Infographic which shows what CSE in Dudley Borough looks like at this moment in time. We currently have 85 children known to us that are affected by CSE within the borough. Two of these are females who are at serious risk and who have been placed out of borough for their own benefit, these are young people who are entrenched in CSE and are unable to recognise they are at risk of CSE and cannot see any way to get out of it. We have 12 children at significant risk which is children and young people who are at risk through online safety issues or sharing photos.

CSE is spread right across the borough, we currently have no hotspots within Dudley borough. Work around CSE is being done within schools. Out of 22 secondary schools CSE has been identified in 17 of these, so again spread right across the borough.
The perception of CSE is young girls being picked up by older men and being provided with new expensive gifts, in Dudley this isn’t the picture. We have peer on peer party scene where the exploitation exists. We have children being exploited to have their basic needs met such as food, warmth, clothing, or a place to stay.

We also have young people entrenched that have now turned groomer – obviously children with ACEs are at a vulnerable starting position but this is not always the case.

Screening tool – if you have a concern have a look at the indicators on the screening tool. If you could go through the screening tool with the young person you are concerned about that would be brilliant! you can find the tool here

The CSE team constantly need more intelligence – we have no hotspots in the borough, our young people are often taken out of borough, if you have any intelligence at all complete a FIB partnership form, they are not looking for war and peace just brief details. Once complete type in brackets (no more information available)

If you have any questions you can always contact the team on CSE.team@dudley.gov.uk Or the direct telephone number is: 01384 817777

 

Self Leadership

On Friday 7 September Dudley CVS hosted the Children’s, young peoples and families network which was attended by Amblecote Christian Centre, Kids Orchard Centre, YMCA, The What Centre, Brook, Dudley Counselling Centre, Healthwatch Dudley, Phase Trust, Early Health Enablers and Dudley CSE officer. It is really great to have such a wide range of voluntary sector partners coming together to share and grow.

It had been decided that this session would predominantly focus on the Leadership Training that Jayne Sargent from Phase Trust had been through.

The session was thought provoking, deep, inspiring and really encouraged you to consider what type of leader you are and what could help you become a better leader.

Jayne has been developing her leadership skills through training with the Kings Fund Think Tank based in London over the last 18 months / two years, during this time she has become more and more passionate about being a good leader and focusing more on her emotional health & wellbeing.

The Taster session that Jayne brought to the group was based on self-leadership. She explained that the session was all about you, the best thing you can bring to your job is you! Give yourself permission to think about you!

“Most people live with the subtle dread that one day they will be discovered for who they really are and the world will be appalled” – John Eldridge

Jayne asked the group top consider two questions…

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Jayne explained that it’s often easy to measure growth as a child, but do we still measure it as adults? As a leader it’s not about crossing the finishing line first it’s about taking others with you across the line. It’s about trying new things and pushing beyond your comfort zone.

Jayne shared a self-learning tool thejohari window
Johari window, which looks at how
Well you know yourself and how
Open you are to others knowing you.

We need to learn more about ourselves
to grow. You are the only one in control
of you! Self-leadership is caring, managing and nurturing our personal lives.

 

We talked about what the triggers are that identify you are not doing so well, and looked at how we replenish ourselves. The best gift you can give is a happy energised, healthy you!

Jayne also got us to think about who our peers are, our teachers, the first person you would call for advice. Lone leaders are at risk of burnout. We need to surround ourselves with people who will tell you the answers to tough questions. It is really important to have accountable friends, who you can trust and have honest conversations with.

Jayne also shared the Top 7 tips for self-leadership
1 Define Success
2 Don’t worry about the execution, but worry about the direction – don’t measure direction on a bad day! You can’t go on a day’s feeling
3 Take of the old man before putting on the new – you can’t transform what you don’t engage in
4 Play the long game – don’t give up what you want most for what you want now
5 Ask for help
6 Spend time outside your comfort zone
7 Don’t hold on to tight – the tighter you squeeze the less we hold.

The smallest crowd you will ever lead is you – but it’s the most important.

Celebrate your volunteer stars!

child-volunteerThere are thousands of volunteers right across our wonderful borough, giving their time to support children, young people and their families!

Each year Dudley CVS search for inspirational volunteers and invite nominations for Dudley Volunteer Awards, an annual celebration that sees some of the borough’s most amazing volunteers receive special thanks and recognition.

We need you to send us your nominations for amazing local people that give their time to volunteer with your organisations to celebrate the difference they make.

It may be that they put on events or activities for young people, help local families in the area they live, develop young peoples skills or build their confidence, help them get involved in new things and have adventures!

It could be someone who volunteers for a uniform group like scouts or brownies, someone who runs or helps out at a youth club, someone offering one to one support to a young person in crises, a reading volunteer within a school or anyone who encourages health and wellbeing for local children, young people and their families across the borough.

Its really easy and quick to nominate your amazing volunteers simply visit https://dva2018.wordpress.com/nominate/ but be quick! the closing day for nominations has been extended to Friday 07 September at 12 noon, so get your nominations in today!!!!!

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Early Help Training Sessions

A series of Early Help Training sessions are being held throughout July, September and October regarding the completion of Early Help Assessments and understanding the role of the Lead Professional.

Who is the training for?
Professionals who work with children, young people and families and complete Early Help Assessments.

Learning Outcomes:

The training will provide staff with the skills to:
Complete quality Early Help Assessments.
Understand the planning process required to complete an Early Help Assessment
Understand the role of the Lead Professional and the importance of the role in the co-ordination and provision of support to families
Develop practical skills and confidence to undertake quality Early Help Assessments
All training sessions will take place from 09:30 – 12:30 at Stourbridge Family Centre, Forge Road, Stourbridge, DY1 1XF.

If you are interested in attending, please book a place by selecting from the training dates below:

Thursday 28th June 2018
Tuesday 3rd July 2018
Wednesday 4th July 2018
Tuesday 5th July 2018
Wednesday 11th July 2018
Wednesday 26th September 2018
Thursday 27th September 2018
Friday 28th September 2018
Wednesday 3rd October 2018
Thursday 4th October 2018

If you have any queries regarding the training, please do not hesitate to contact
Sally Walker
Project Support Officer – Family Solutions
People Directorate, Dudley MBC

T – 01384 (81) 3927
sally.walker@dudley.gov.uk

What an honour!

Last week the team attended Dudley’s Centre for Professional Practice’s staff recognition awards at Himley Hall. It was a wonderful event which celebrated the achievements of staff and recognised those that go the extra mile. Staff including support staff, social workers, managers and teams were praised.
There was an incredibly poignant moment when Howard Woolfenden shared a story of how a social worker Russell Savage who was awarded a Special Recognition Award had changed the life of an incredibly vulnerable young person in our borough and how she shared with him how his actions had literally saved her life. It touched everyone in the room and really demonstrated how incredible the people who work hard to support children and young people are and the difference they make in Dudley.
What was also really special and humbling was that the Centre for Professional Practice gave an award that recognised people who work with children and young people in the community and…WE WON!!!!!
Sue Butcher congratulated the team for the work we are involved in. It was really special to be recognised by partners and the award takes pride of place on the fireplace in our office at Dudley CVS.
“This really was a great event particularly coming at the end of our innovative Practice Week. The buzz was fantastic. I laughed, cried and every emotion in between. So many wonderful people doing their best for Dudley’s children. Celebrate #teamDudley” Sue Butcher – Head of Children’s Services
Darren Shaw and his team did an amazing job of providing lots of opportunities to get involved and learn new things as part of the innovative practice week. Children, young people and their families are at the heart of communities in Dudley and we are working together to improve services to give children the best start in life and support families to be independent, responsible and successful. It’s great to be able to collaborate and work with partners in such meaningful and valued ways.

CYIC award

Even though it was ‘dry January’ the award winning team thought that such recognition on a Friday deserved after work celebrations! Happy times from a very proud team!