Level 2 - Early Help/Prevention, further information

“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 can also prevent further problems arising, for example, if it is provided as part of a support plan where a child has returned home to their family from care.” 

Child development

Child Development
 Strengths Needs
  • Majority of developmental milestones have been met
  • Maintains appropriate relationships
  • Emotional resilience
  • Adequate to good self-presentation and hygiene skills
  • No substance misuse 
  • Can articulate hopes and wishes for the future
  • Not meeting developmental milestones
  • Delayed communication/language development
  • Some difficulty in age related emotional regulation
  • Displaying signs of disruptive or challenging behaviour either at home, in school or at another setting
  • Attendance dips below 90% without medical reason
  • Experiences weight gain or loss that impacts on the child’s health
  • Early signs of unhealthy relationships and boundaries
  • Difficulty in separation from primary care giver
  • Associations with negative peer groups
  • Underage experimentation with drugs and alcohol
  • Displays some insecurities around self-confidence / self-esteem
  • Unhealthy use of social media/internet
  • Young carer
  • Quantity and quality of food is variable and inconsistent

Parenting capacity

Parenting Capacity
 Strengths Needs
  • Child is supervised, sometimes by extended family
  • Some positive stimulation and new experiences
  • Parents will ensure that health concerns are acted upon
  • No parental substance misuse
  • Free from domestic abuse or mental health difficulties impacting on child
  • Parenting capacity and resilience, where a child has a disability, is good and they access specialist provisions and have access to the community
  • There is conflict between parent and child. However, the resolutions are well managed within the home
  • Poor supervision
  • Occasional missed health appointment
  • Lack of emotional warmth from one or more parent/carer
  • Parents are not engaging with education provisions resulting in poor attendance and/or attainment.
  • Low level parental conflict
  • Parental ill health that is managed by the extended family
  • Displaying symptoms of Post-natal depression
  • Arguments between parent and child leading to intense emotional regulation, i.e. screaming/shouting and/or threatening behaviour

Family/environmental factors

Family/Environmental Factors
 Strengths Needs
  • There is an extended support network of family and friends
  • No financial concerns
  • Parents have access to childcare – free hours of childcare
  • There are some housing concerns but no disrepair
  • Young person has experienced bereavement
  • Victim of bullying, can be online
  • Have been affected by crime or anti-social behaviour (targeted)
  • Lack of employment but looking for work
  • Family members not on the correct benefits
  • Have been affected by crime or anti-social behaviour (not targeted)
  • Does not engaging in community activities
  • Family is isolated, new to the area, have no friends or family locally
  • Family is isolated due to English being a second language