Early Help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life, from the foundation years through to the teenage years.
Early Help may be provided from universal services by providing advice and information or support to a family. Early Help may also be provided by targeted services and be delivered through a more structured and planned approach in response to the family’s needs – for Cambridgeshire County Council this is through our District Early Help Teams working with children and families from 0-19 (25 if there are special educational needs).
Heads of Service: Sarah Tabbitt, Early Help, manages the following teams:
- March, Chatteris and Whittlesey
- Huntingdon and St Ives
- St Neots, Ramsey, Sawtry and Yaxley
Heads of Service: Lisa Riddle, Early Help, manages the following teams:
- East Cambridgeshire
- South Cambridgeshire
- Cambridge City
Early Help Hub
Tel: 01480 376 666
Disciplines within each team work together to support families to reach agreed outcomes to meet the identified needs of a child or young person.
- Child and Family Centres – offer groups, events, activities, courses and support for families with children aged 0-19 across the county with a focus on the Early Years. Child and Family Centre staff offer a wide range of services and support for families from pregnancy to the teenage years..
- Family Work - working with families through one to one interventions, parenting programmes and group work activities to build confidence and develop strategies to effect change in children’s lives.
- Young People’s Workers – working with young people, who are at risk of becoming NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training), to overcome the barriers and issues they face.
- Senior Transition Advisors / Transition Advisors / YOS Transition Advisors - provide targeted information, advice, guidance and support to vulnerable young people at risk of becoming NEET.
All staff within the District Early Help Teams receive monthly caseload supervision and an annual practice observation.
All Managers are trained Designated Child Protection Officers. All staff have access to a comprehensive workforce development offer and continuing professional development, including access to relevant qualifications.
Our District Early Help Teams are supported by Business Support who help to ensure systems and processes are maintained to a high level, freeing up staff time to undertake front line work.
The Safeguarding Service in Cambridgeshire operates within five District Teams:
- Huntingdonshire (North)
- Fenland (North)
- Cambridge City (South)
- East Cambridgeshire (South)
- South Cambridgeshire (South)
The Heads of Services for these areas are Sam Howlett (South) and Sam Nour (North).
Each District Team is made up of an assessment team and children's teams. In addition to this, the service has two adolescent teams - one in the north of the county and one in the south of the county.
Each District Team is managed by a District Safeguarding Manager who reports to the Head of Service. The District Safeguarding Manager is responsible for the oversight of the work within their district. Teams are made up of:
- Team Managers
- Senior Practitioners
- Social Workers
- Child Practitioners
- Children's Information and Advice Officers
The teams work systemically to support families, children and young people to thrive in Cambridgeshire.
The teams manage all new referrals to the service, conduct social work assessments undertake child protection enquiries, and provide short and long term interventions for children and young people who are subject to Child In Need or Child Protection Plans. The teams also deliver court work in care proceedings and work with Looked After Children.
In February 2020, the District Teams will begin operatiing within the Family Safeguarding Model. The teams will also include adult practitioners who are expert at supporting parents to address challenges with emotional health issues, substance or alcohol difficulties, or where there is domestic abuse.