Whole service review for Early Help

Published Wednesday, 28th June 2017 Early help logo

The next stage of a wholescale redesign for a Council service which helps families deal with issues before they escalate is set to begin.

For the past 18 months Rotherham Council has overhauled its Early Help offer to children, young people and families in order to better meet their needs.

This included bringing agencies and services together in local neighbourhood teams as well as improving the quality and speed in which help and support is offered.

Now phase two of continuing to improve the support provided to families is set to begin.

The plan is to make sure the services are in the right places to meet the needs of the individuals and families which need them.

Cllr Gordon Watson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Rotherham Council’s Children and Young People’s Services said: “Early Help is aimed at getting to families to prevent issues happening, instead of waiting until it is too late.

“We know from previous consultations that young people and parents want services that are accessible and relevant to their lives and their needs, so we need to start the next phase of our redesign of this service to meet these needs.

“We are having to operate in an increasingly tight financial climate and so we need to make sure the funds we do have are spent in the right way to benefit people who need it most.”

The Early Help offer is currently delivered through a mixture of outreach work, with staff based in locality offices on eight sites cross the borough, as well youth and children’s centres. 

The next steps will be to look at this structure and make sure the service is being delivered in a way that supports partnership and neighbourhood working and is relevant to children, young people and families now and in the future.

A further restructure of management and staffing will also be delivered as part of this redesign.

The plans are set to be looked at by the Council’s Cabinet early next month. 

A further more detailed report about the redesign will come to Cabinet later in the year, which will include plans to consult on all the proposals.