Early Help Brokerage
You can access services for children and families through ChECS, the Cheshire East Consultation Service.
ChECS will make an assessment based on the information you and other professionals give them. You may have a further assessment by Children's Social Care or you may be referred to the Early Help Brokerage Team for early help support including a Early Help assessment which will look at the support you and your child needs.
The Early Help Brokerage team EHB, will gather and consider information about your child and your family. A Practitioner Support Officer PSO will contact you to gain consent and to gather more information about the support you and your family may require. The PSO will also gather information from previous case records and by making contact with other agencies who may be or have been involved. We do this to make informed decisions about the services that can help.
Once the information is gathered the PSO will discuss appropriate early help support with you to agree on a clear outcome of support. For example a referral for a Family Support Worker who will be able to support you and your child with the identified issues helping you have more positive outcomes.
You can access the Live Well site to look at community services available which you can contact for support yourself for example attending your local Children’s Centre.
Early Help Assessments (EHA) - more support is now available
Across the Borough we also have 3 Locality Support Officers who are practitioners currently seconded into this role to provide support, advice and guidance on Early Help Assessments, Plans and cases where the lead professional is from a partner agency.
Support offered includes :
- Early Help – what is it and when is an assessment needed including the role of the Lead person.
- Having the conversation with parents and carers to start an EHA, to support positive engagement
- How to Capture the Child's Voice and why this is important, including tools and resources
- Using the Signs of Wellbeing framework with families
- Gathering initial assessment information – including tools and resources to complete the mapping
- How to write worry and wellbeing statements. Why do we scale and how to write a scaling question.
- What happens next – Initial and review meetings.
- Understanding processes to support Step down cases from Children's Social Care
Cheshire East Council Prevention services have introduced a new way of offering support to you if you have any questions or a need for support to complete and or implement your EHA or your wellbeing plan.
We know there have been a lot of changes recently having introduced: the new assessment/planning tool, Signs of Safety and some of you are also learning to use the electronic system … so help is at hand…
As well as the support offered via Early Help Brokerage we now have 3 Locality Support Officers (LSOs), who are available to offer you support and guidance through the process. They are based across the area and will have a key role to play in supporting you to help families through early intervention; ensuring families get the right support at the right time. We know families want to be supported within their communities and by people who know them best. As a result of the support available we anticipate we will be able to focus on improving outcomes for children and families.
Working in Locality areas the LSOs will be able to get to know you and your colleagues and have a good local knowledge of services that may be useful to you. They will be making contact with those of you already taking the lead role in an EHA /plan, but feel free to request support before that if you feel you need some extra advice.
All are experienced in Early Help work and are Practice Leads for Signs of Safety.
Your Locality Support Officers are:
North - (Macclesfield, Wilmslow, Knutsford including Poynton, Disley) - Sarah White
Central – (Congleton, Alsager, Sandbach, Middlewich, Holmes Chapel) - Natalie Taylor
South – (Crewe and Nantwich including Winterley and Haslington) – Kirsty Brudenell
They can also be contacted via EHBlocalitysupport@cheshireeast.gov.uk