Councillors asked to approve Early Help strategy

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Date:06/06/2016

Councillors are being asked to approve a plan which sets out how the Council works with partners to support children and families.

The strategy sets out the Early Help offer and describes the different types of help and support available to families and how these services can be accessed.

Partner agencies include GPs, school health workers and school nurses.

The Early Help strategy has led to the Council developing seven Early Help Hubs around the district which provide a range of support to promote children's welfare.

Members of Wakefield's Cabinet are being recommended to acknowledge the strategy and approve its implementation when they meet on June 14.

Cllr Olivia Rowley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "Lots of families go through challenging times and our plan is to enable people to get help at an early stage and to be able to access this support in their local community."

Children, young people and their families who need support from more than one agency will receive a coordinated package of support with a single key worker taking the lead in coordinating the help and support they want and need. A 'whole family' approach is used to support children and young people from before birth to 19; or to 25 years for those with a special educational need or a disability. Help includes parenting skills, support to improve school attendance and helping children to do well at school.