Our Integrated Early Support (IES) multi-agency service helps make lives better for children, young people, families and victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse across West Cheshire. Developed in 2013 we identify and support families and individuals who need help at the earliest opportunity.
How do we help?
We look at the whole family to understand the bigger picture and identify root causes of problems. We provide the right support, at the right time, in the right place, from the right people.
With family agreement, professionals within our partner organisations complete a Team Around the Family (TAF). This holistic assessment enables us to capture what is working well within a family and also what families may need more help with. We work with professionals across multi-agencies such as police, health, fire, schools and probation services to co-ordinate provision of early help services. The TAF provides a standard approach to assessment for all partners within West Cheshire and means families only need to tell their story once. More information is available in our Team Around the Family leaflet.
In addition our children’s centres provide a wide range of services for children under 5 and their families. The centres bring together early education, childcare, health and family support services in the heart of the community. For more information about our children’s centres and to find one near you please visit the Cheshire West and Chester Council website.
The case studies below give personal accounts of how we have helped families in West Cheshire (please note all names have been changed to protect people’s identity).
Looking to the future
The Integrated Early Support model has improved the efficiency, effectiveness and overall experience of public services for children, families and vulnerable people in West Cheshire. Building on our success work is now underway to extend the service to include providing support for adults with complex needs. This work is in its early stages. We will keep you updated as the programme develops.
Team Around the Family Support and Guidance can be found here.