Team around the Early Years Setting

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The aim of this project is to facilitate better communication and stronger working relationships between Early Years Providers and other appropriate professionals, in order to better support children and families at an early stage (pre-Early Help or Early Help level). 

The outcomes we are looking to achieve are:

  • Increased knowledge and confidence around early support amongst Early Years professionals
  • Increased number of Early Help initiations and pre-Early Help support interventions in Early Years
  • Improved relationships between Early Help professionals and other professionals supporting families and children

The impact of this project will be:

  • Families are supported to find solutions to difficulties at an early stage
  • Less families with young children reach crisis point
  • Less families with young children are subject to statutory interventions


Why is this project needed?

The number of children subject to statutory interventions is skewed for 0 to 5s - there are a high proportion of children on Child Protection and Child in Need Plans but a relatively low proportion of initiations of Early Help assessments for children within the Early Years. This may be partly due to a low number of Early Help referrals and initiations from the Early Years sector.  The Council is seeking to reduce the need for statutory interventions for families and children.  This project seeks to redress this balance.

Training around Signs of Wellbeing and the Early Help Agenda has been identified as a training need for the Early Years sector and engagement will be strengthened by having some sector specific training and support to access multiagency training

There is strong support from Early Years Providers for increased engagement and joint working with partners in order to better support children and families


Key agencies and their contact details by area:

Early Help Team

The Early Help Team support practitioners to understand the importance of Early Help, provide advice and support the initiation and coordination where necessary. The team can support through one-to-one meetings, group work with a team, training and advice and guidance.

Karen Ross

Karen.Ross@cumbria.gov.uk

07885 405708

Early Years Team

The Early Years Team has a responsibility for ensuring that high quality early years and childcare provision is available and accessible to all families with young children. The team provide training, advice and support to early years providers, schools and voluntary sector providers to help each child in Cumbria to receive the best start possible. Early Years SENCOs provide support to individual children with SEND as part of a Team around the Family.

The Early Years Team also support the development of Personal Education Plans (PEPS) for looked after children aged 0 - 5 years

Allerdale team contacts

0-19 Children and Family support Service - Family Action

Family Action provide a range of universal and targeted interventions to help keep children safe, healthy and achieving. For children and families in the early years, this includes early play and learning activities, support for children with SEND such as Portage and 'Let's get talking' groups, as well as parenting support, information and advice. The team use an early help approach to provide a range of support at an early stage to help prevent problems developing further.

Allerdale@family-action.org.uk

01900 810869

Family Action Allerdale 0-19 Children and Family Support Service - Home | Facebook

Health Visiting Team

Health Visitors provide a supportive outreach service for children and families under five years.  They work in the community and families with children under 5 always have a named Health Visitor that they can ask for advice. Health Visitors often identify children that will need this enhanced support and work with other agencies ensuring the families get the support needed and ensure a smooth transition to school with all the appropriate support required.

Child Health Business support 

Contact number: 01900 705253 

Email: ncm-0-5admineast@nhs.net

Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service

Speech and Language Therapists (SALTs) work with children and young people up to the age of 19 who have speech, language and communication needs. They can also help if a child has difficulties eating, drinking or swallowing.

North and West Cumbria Advice line open Tuesdays 1.00pm to 4.00pm 

Phone: 01228 608177

Email: ncm-tr.NorthCumbriaCommunicates@nhs.net

Children's Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists help children and young people who have difficulty doing everyday activities. This can be things like getting dressed, school work or playing Footsteps Child Development Centre

Footsteps Child Development Centre
West Cumberland Hospital
Hensingham
Whitehaven
CA28 8JG

01946 68551

Children's Physiotherapy

The Children's Physiotherapy team help to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. They work with children and young people up to the age of 19. Footsteps Child Development Centre

Footsteps Child Development Centre
West Cumberland Hospital
Hensingham
Whitehaven
CA28 8JG

01946 68551

Child Centred Policing Team

The Child Centred Policing team aims to identify the need for support and intervention at the earliest opportunity and to improve the lives of children and young people within our communities, to prevent offending and anti- social behaviour, safeguard and understand Adverse Childhood experience's(ACES) adopting a Trauma informed Approach 

West Cumbria Child Centred Policing Team

westccp@cumbria.police.uk

Children's Social Care

This service area includes early intervention and targeted support for children and families; child protection, safeguarding, fostering and adoption services, and services for children looked after.

Allerdale Support and Protection Teams

01900 706444/706333

West Cumbria Safeguarding Hub

0333 240 1727

Midwifery Team

Community midwives contact numbers:

Cockermouth: 01900 705760

Keswick and Penrith: 01768 245558

Maryport: 01900 811840

Wigton: 016973 66609

Workington: 01900 705033

Early Help officer

0-19 Children and Family support Service

Health Visiting Team

Social Care local support contact

Midwifery Team

Speech and Language Therapist Service

Police


Early Help Team

The Early Help Team support practitioners to understand the importance of Early Help, provide advice and support the initiation and coordination where necessary. 

The team can support through one-to-one meetings, group work with a team, training and advice and guidance.

Steve Kemp  

Steven.Kemp@cumbria.gov.uk

03003 033 896

Early Years Team

The Early Years Team has a responsibility for ensuring that high quality early years and childcare provision is available and accessible to all families with young children. 

The team provide training, advice and support to early years providers, schools and voluntary sector providers to help each child in Cumbria to receive the best start possible. 

Early Years SENCOs provide support to individual children with SEND as part of a Team around the Family.

 The Early Years Team also support the development of Personal Education Plans (PEPS) for looked after children aged 0 - 5 years.

Carlisle team contacts

0-19 Children and Family support Service - Family Action

Family Action provide a range of universal and targeted interventions to help keep children safe, healthy and achieving. For children and families in the early years, this includes early play and learning activities, support for children with SEND such as Portage and 'Let's get talking' groups, as well as parenting support, information and advice. The team use an early help approach to provide a range of support at an early stage to help prevent problems developing further.

Carlisle@family-action.org.uk

07734 003 789

Family Action Carlisle 0-19 Children & Family Support Service on Facebook

Health Visiting Team

Health Visitors provide a supportive outreach service for children and families under five years.  They work in the community and families with children under 5 always have a named Health Visitor that they can ask for advice.  

Health Visitors often identify children that will need this enhanced support and work with other agencies ensuring the families get the support needed and ensure a smooth transition to school with all the appropriate support required.

Child Health Business support contact 

Phone: 01228 608157 and 608159

ChildrensAdmin@ncic.nhs.uk

Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service

Speech and Language Therapists (SALTs) work with children and young people up to the age of 19 who have speech, language and communication needs. They can also help if a child has difficulties eating, drinking or swallowing.

North and West Cumbria Advice line open Tuesdays 1:00 - 4:00: Phone 01228 608177 

ncm-tr.NorthCumbriaCommunicates@nhs.net

Children's Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists help children and young people who have difficulty doing everyday activities. This can be things like getting dressed, school work or playing.

Springboard Child Development Centre
Orton Road
Carlisle
CA2 7HE
01228 608110

Children's Physiotherapy

The Children's Physiotherapy team help to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. They work with children and young people up to the age of 19.

Springboard Child Development Centre
Orton Road
Carlisle
CA2 7HE
01228 608110

Child Centred Policing Team

The Child Centred Policing team aims to identify the need for support and intervention at the earliest opportunity and to improve the lives of children and young people within our communities, to prevent offending and anti- social behaviour, safeguard and understand Adverse Childhood experience's(ACES) adopting a Trauma informed Approach.

Children's Social Care 

This service area includes early intervention and targeted support for children and families; child protection, safeguarding, fostering and adoption services, and services for children looked after.

Cumbria Support and Protection Team

cafcebs@cumbria.gov.uk

01228 226633 

Cumbria Safeguarding Hub 

0333 2401727

Midwifery Team

Community midwives contact numbers:




Early Help officer

0-19 Children and Family support Service

Health Visiting Team

Social Care local support contact

Midwifery Team

Speech and Language Therapist Service

Police


Early Help officer

0-19 Children and Family support Service

Health Visiting Team

Social Care local support contact

Midwifery Team

Speech and Language Therapist Service

Police


Early Help officer

0-19 Children and Family support Service

Health Visiting Team

Social Care local support contact

Midwifery Team

Speech and Language Therapist Service

Police