Dec 05

Partnership Early Help Strategy & Effective Support Guidance

Partners across both the statutory and voluntary sectors have worked hard over the year, combined with the earlier work undertaken by commissioned independent consultants, and in September 2018  the Croydon Safeguarding Children Board signed off the Partnership Early Help Strategy and Effective Support Guidance for Practitioners, Right Help Right Time.

Robert Henderson – Execuive Director Children Families and Education launched the updated document on the 4th December 2018 with the following message:

I have pleasure in forwarding on;


Can I ask that you cascade these documents to practitioners and managers within your department/organisation and support them in utilising them with immediate effect.

We will be holding short briefing sessions for practitioners and managers across the partnership from January to April 2019 to support them in understanding and applying the Partnership Early Help Strategy and Effective Support Guidance including clarifying pathways to effective support. 

If you feel it would be helpful to share the Partnership Early Help Strategy and Effective Support Guidance at any additional key forums/conference please do not hesitate to contact Carolann James, Interim Head of Early Help, LBC at 


Details of the briefing sessions set for January 2019 are shown below. Dates for February and March 2019 will follow early in the New Year and we will plan future briefing sessions beyond April 2019.  

Email Tim Hughes at to book on one of these briefing sessions please.  Addresses for the venues will be provided with confirmation of the booking.


Early Help Briefing Sessions- January 2019
Time: 9-11 Time 12-2pm Time 5-7pm
Tuesday 15th: Lennard Road (Health) Wed 16th: Winterbourne Youth Centre Thursday 17th – St Mary’s
Tuesday 22nd : CVA  (VCS) Wed 23rd: Winterbourne Thursday- 24th– Elmwood
Wed 30th: Winterbourne Thursday 31st: CVA Tuesday 29th: St Peters


We have also realigned the Council Early Help service creating three locality family key work teams providing early help support to children and families identified as having intensive need as described under the continuum of need outlined in the attached documents.

Our internally delivered supports and interventions such as parenting programmes will continue to be available to support social workers/family key workers to deliver the child’s plan and outcomes identified. We are working within the partnership steering group to ensure the pathways to support and services is simplified and will share these changes in the future weeks. In the interim please access supports and interventions as with current protocols and pathways.

Thanking you for your support in developing this Partnership Early Help Strategy and working in partnership to collectively deliver this.



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