BEP is partnered with Birmingham Children’s Trust to support the development of Early Help work in schools.
- Susan Dancer is available to support schools with their access to the Early Help system in the city. She has delivered training materials to BCT and Voluntary Sector workers about how schools work and how Early Help is delivered in house in most schools.
- Early Help and Exclusions Project: a small scale case study project investigating the impact of Early Help interventions for children who are at risk of exclusion and their families. 9 schools are involved, 3 in each of the Erdington, Hodge Hill and Ladywood localities.
- Support for the development and roll out of a shared case management system that can be used by all professionals who are leading and involved in Early Help delivery
All schools have their own systems for delivering support to individual students who need more than their universal offer to all students. However, many of these students and their families would not meet the criteria for a “Universal Plus” Early Help Assessment and Plan.
Research completed in January 2020 with a sample of 11 schools across all phases and types made it clear that most schools deliver a version of in-house Early Help that could possibly be described as “Schools Plus”. These interventions are school led Early Help and can be counted in the Section 175Safeguarding Audit as such. These interventions focus on those aspects of a child’s life that are appropriate for an educational setting to take a lead on. They can also form part of a wider Early Help Plan where the family meet the threshold for Universal Plus intervention.