In Peterborough, we believe in working with families and communities to provide children and young people with firm foundations in life so they can be happy and healthy, build resilience, achieve their aspirations and simply ‘be their best’.
We always aim to provide help for children and families early in life and early in the development of a problem.
The pdf's below are of a leaflet that explains how you can find out about the support available for you and your family and how to get the help you need. They are also translated in to several languages.
Please note that support can come from Education, Health Visitors or Housing Support Workers. Whereas Education is a very broad category, Health Visitors and Housing Support Workers are very specific. It would be better to interpret the icons in the leaflet as saying Education, Health and Housing.
The Early Help Assessment
Support from Early Help can be accessed through the completion of an Early Help Assessment. The Early Help Assessment, previously known as the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) is an assessment tool used by a wide range of professionals working with children, young people and families who may have additional needs within the arena of Early Help. The Early Help Assessment process will help to identify additional support and coordinate the support around the family.
In order to make referrals to more specialist services easier, the Early Help Assessment EHA can support families to access support, help and advice whilst waiting for the appropriate specialist intervention.
Positive Parenting - Support with managing your child's behaviour
Parenting is not easy and when a child's behaviour is having a negative effect on the family environment, it can seem like the hardest job in the world.
Read the newsletter 'Positive Parenting - support with managing your child's behaviour' to find out more.
As part of the Early Help process, families may need support with some of the following needs. Each need has its own page within the Early Help section with more information.
Families with a range of health problems
- Poor health or complex health needs (mental or physical)
- Child or young person with special educational needs
- Concern about a child's weight or poor diet
- Eating disorder
- Unsafe or sexualised behaviour
- Teenage pregnancy
- Alcohol or substance abuse
- Poor emotional well-being or low self esteem
- Behavioural problems at home
- Parents/carers needing support
Attendance or behavioural problems
- School attendance concerns
- Challenging behaviour at school
- Accessing alternative provision due to behavioural problems
- Missing from education
Unemployment and hardship
- Financial issues
- Inadequate or inappropriate housing
- Young person not in employment, education or training (NEET)
Families affected by domestic abuse
- Support for families
- Support for perpetrators
Families involved with crime
- Anti social behaviour
- Young person at risk of offending or committing offences
- Young person involved in gang activity
- Young person with racist, extremist or radical views
- Children affected by parental imprisonment
Children who need help
- Neglect and child abuse
- Step down from Children’s Social Care
- Child missing from home
- Child/young person at risk of sexual exploitation/grooming
- Family breakdown
- Young carer in need of support