Key to our approach to supporting children and young people in Leeds is a commitment to early help through a range of evidence based interventions.
Early help is a collaborative approach not a provision.
All children and young people will receive Universal Services, however, some children, either because of their needs or circumstances will require extra support to be healthy and safe and to achieve their potential. In Leeds we have recognised that a timely response is essential for families who need some support and to achieve this we have developed our early help approach.
Early help may be needed at any point in a child or young person’s life and we seek to offer support quickly to reduce the impact of problems that may have already emerged. Families are best supported by those who already work with them organising additional support with local partners as needed.
For children whose needs and circumstances make them more vulnerable, a coordinated multi-disciplinary approach is usually best, based on an Early Help Assessment, with a Lead Professional to work closely with the child and family to ensure they receive all the support they require. A range of Targeted Services are available through clusters to support these interventions.
Specialist Services will be provided where the needs of the child are such that statutory intervention is required to keep them safe or to ensure their continued development. By working together effectively we seek to reduce the number of children and young people requiring statutory interventions and reactive specialist services.
Services for adults play an essential role in our early help approach. Many adults have additional needs e.g. substance use, mental health needs, parental learning disabilities and domestic violence which can impair their parenting capacity. Services which predominantly work with either children and young people or adults need to adopt a ‘Think Family’ approach to secure better outcomes for children, young people and families with additional needs, through co-ordinating the support they provide.
Please click on the video below to see what the Leeds Approach to Early Help is, understand what is meant by the Right Conversations, the Right People and the Right Time, and how you can play your part.
Please note that all scenes are played by actors.
For further information on Early Help:
Documents available for you to print off:
Does your organisation deliver its own in-house safeguarding training?
The Leeds Early Help Approach should be incorporated into agencies in-house safeguarding training, with reference in introductory training as a minimum. This could include use of the poster, table and / or diagram. Copies of these images, along with guidance for usage, can be obtained from the LSCB. However as a general guide please be aware of the following:
The table / poster should replace the Service Responses to Levels of Risk and Harm (the windscreen model)
Only images obtained from the LSCB should be used
Images and the table should not be altered or reproduced in a different format (for example with different colours)
A link to the video via the LSCB website can be used to assist in your delivery of the Early Help approach.