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Council strengthens commitment to Early Help for families

by Jonathan Kearney

Knowsley Council has strengthened its commitment to children and families who may be at risk or in need of support.

The council’s Cabinet agreed to recommendations set out by the Children’s Scrutiny Committee following a review of Early Help and Parental Support in the borough.

Early Help involves early intervention for children, young people and their families experiencing adversity and at risk of poor outcomes. The emphasis of Early Help is preventing issues arising before they become more complex and entrenched and to avoid intervention from statutory services like Children’s Social Care.

Cabinet agreed to eight recommendations put forward by the Scrutiny Committee, that will lead to more families benefiting from the Early Help offer.

These include:

  • Recognising the importance of Early Help and ensuring the offer is sustainable
  • Improving communication of the Early Help offer and how support can be accessed
  • Recognising the importance of information sharing between multiple agencies to ensure children and families receive the support they need

In conducting the review the Children’s Scrutiny Committee carried out a number of fact-finding sessions with partner agencies, support services and parents.

The Committee praised the progress that has already been made in developing the Early Help offer in Knowsley and recognised the challenges coronavirus has brought to the service.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “Effective Early Help plays a valuable role in recognising potential issues for children, young people and their families before they escalate and become entrenched. It is important that we continue to support and promote Early Help and work with partner agencies to ensure we can help people experiencing challenging times.”