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Early Help

All children deserve the best possible start in life

Early Help aims to support practitioners working together to improve outcomes for children and young people at an Early Help level.

The City of York Safeguarding Children Partnership (CYSCP) have established a task and finish group to review how agencies assess children’s Early Help needs for support and how they collaborate with each other, partner organisations and services in the City of York to improve outcomes for children.

In order for the CYSCP to review how agencies working with children at an Early Help level can work together better, the CYSCP are consulting on your views and would like  you to complete a short survey to establish any areas for improvement, and to collate what works well for you when you are working with children and families. 

Feedback from the survey to help support the development of a consultation with partners, stakeholders and families. In addition, the information gained from the survey will inform the CYSCP about future developments of multi-agency Early Help documents.

We will look to achieve this through our mission statement ‘every conversation starts with the child’.

Through our practice model ‘Systemic Practice’ we will work collectively and collaboratively across all of our organisations and systems to ensure that we work with families as a whole rather than individuals.

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Concerned about a child and Thresholds

If you have a concern that a child is vulnerable or at risk of significant harm please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub in York.

The MASH is a multi-agency team made up of representatives from a range of services, including Social Care, Early Help, Police and Health Professionals and is a single point of contact for all concerns about children. This partnership approach will make it easier to get children, young people and families to get the right level of support as quickly as possible.

 

The City of York Safeguarding Partnership (CYSCP) multi-agency ‘Threshold Document: Level of Need Descriptors’ provides a more aligned multi-agency framework for assessing and responding to need and risks of children and young people. This document is a guide and a starting point to assist practitioners to come to a common understanding. It provides help and guidance to practitioners at all levels, working in the statutory, public, voluntary and independent sectors who work with children and their families. It allows practitioners to identify levels of need and risk through the use of indicators related to outcomes. It also supports practitioners in determining how their service can best support and work alongside children.

Supporting Families

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York Family Information Service

The York Family Information Service is a free and impartial information service for parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-19 (or up to 25 for disabled children).

The Information Service for Young People is a free and impartial information service for young people up to age 25 years.

They can help with anything and everything around family life and being a young person.

If you're a parent, carer or young person and have a question but don't know where to go, then please get in touch.

Early Help Strategy

The Early Help Task and Finish Group are currently writing a new Early Help Strategy.  This is currently being signed off and will be uploaded during Autumn 2021.  This will be uploaded to the CYSCP Strategy page once is has been approved.

Early Help Practice Guidance

The Early Help Task and Finish Group are currently writing new Early Help Practice Guidance.  This is currently being signed off and will be uploaded during Autumn 2021.  This will be uploaded to the CYSCP Practice Guidance webpage once is has been approved.

Early Help Assessment Tool

The Early Help Task and Finish Group are currently writing new Early Help Practice Guidance.  This is currently being signed off and will be uploaded during Autumn 2021.  This will be uploaded to the CYSCP Tools webpage once is has been approved.

Information Sharing

Partner Agencies have worked together to develop a multi-agency overarching City of York and North Yorkshire Multi-agency Information Sharing Protocol to create a positive culture of sharing information and facilitate more effective Data Sharing practices between Partner Agencies, with the aim of improving service delivery.  Further information regarding this is available on the CYSCP About Us page.

Commissioning and Communities 

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Training

Any CYSCP Early Help Training will be added to the CYSCP  Multi-Agency Training page once it is available.

Early Help Consultation

Early Help aims to support practitioners working together to improve outcomes for children and young people at an Early Help level.

The City of York Safeguarding Children Partnership (CYSCP) have established a task and finish group to review how agencies assess children’s Early Help needs for support and how they collaborate with each other, partner organisations and services in the City of York to improve outcomes for children.

In order for the CYSCP to review how agencies working with children at an Early Help level can work together better, the CYSCP are consulting on your views and would like to invite you to a virtual consultation session on one of the following dates:

 

  • Early Help Consultation Session – Tuesday 6th July – 13:00-14:00
  • Early Help Consultation Session – Thursday 8th July – 17:30-18:30
  • Early Help Consultation Session – Monday 12th July – 10:00-11:00

To book go to MyLO at https://york.learningpool.com and search for the course title. Click ‘sign up’ next to the session you require. If you do not already have a MyLO login please follow the instructions on the right hand side of the login screen.

Early Help Survey Monkey Questionnaire and Privacy Notice

Please see below the link to the questionnaire regarding Early Help.  Please note this survey is now closed

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/earlyhelpconsultation

The closing date for this survey is Monday 17th May.

 

City of York Safeguarding Children Partnership (CYSCP) Survey - Privacy Notice

We keep the privacy notice for staff surveys under regular review and we have used it to provide the privacy notice specific to the CYSCP Early Help Survey which is taking place from 27th April 2021 to 17th May 2021. When we use your personal data, City of York Council (CYC) complies with data protection legislation, and is the registered ‘Controller’. Our data protection notification is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) – reference Z5809563.

Why will information be collected?

The City of York Safeguarding Children Partnership (CYSCP) have established a task and finish group to review how agencies assess children’s Early Help needs for support and how they collaborate with each other, partner organisations and services in the City of York to improve outcomes for children.

In order for the CYSCP to review how agencies working with children at an Early Help level can work together better, the CYSCP are consulting on  your views and would like  you to complete this short survey to establish any areas for improvement, and to collate what works well for you when you are working with children and families. 

Feedback from the survey to help support the development of a consultation with partners, stakeholders and families. In addition, the information gained from the survey will inform the CYSCP about future developments of multi-agency Early Help documents.

We will explain why we are collecting personal data and will only use it with your explicit and informed consent.

Participation is voluntary and you can choose not to answer some of the survey questions. You can withdraw your consent at any time, by contacting: cyscp@york.gov.uk

Further information about the Survey or Early Help can be found here: https://www.saferchildrenyork.org.uk/early-help.htm

 

What information will be collected?

We do not ask for contact details, names or addresses in the feedback for the Early Help Survey. However, we will collect your thoughts and opinions. You do not have to answer any questions you do not want to and whether the participant is a practitioner or partner.

What will we do with the information?

We will use the feedback from the survey to help support the development of a consultation with partners, stakeholders and families. In addition, the information gained from the survey will inform the CYSCP about future developments of multi-agency Early Help documents.

The results from the survey will be used to help us evaluate Early Help Practice across the City of York.

The information we collect may be included in presentations and or reports. Any data for publication or use outside of the authorised officers will be anonymised and will not identify any individuals. Reports containing anonymous information may also be shared with the general public and other organisations.

We will not use the data for any other purpose than stated and will not disclose to a third party i.e. other companies or individuals, unless we are required to do so by law for the prevention of crime and detection of fraud, etc.

Online data will be collected using Survey Monkey. To find out how they use your information, please click here.

Where will the information be kept

We will keep the information you give us and your personal data within the council’s secure network drive and make sure it can only be accessed by authorised staff.

How long will we keep the information?

We will keep the information you give us for up to three years and then will securely destroy it. Where required or appropriate to, at the end of the retention period, we will pass onto the City Archives any relevant information.

Further Processing

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Privacy Notice, we will provide you with a new notice explaining the purpose prior to commencing the processing and the processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your consent prior to the new processing.

Your rights

To find out about your rights under data protection law, you can go to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/

You can also find information about your rights at https://www.york.gov.uk/privacy

If you have any questions about this privacy notice, want to exercise your rights, or if you have a complaint about how your information has been used, please contact us at foi@york.gov.uk or on 01904 554145 or write to:

 

Data Protection Officer

City of York Council

West Offices

Station Rise

York

YO1 6GA