Please read the following information before starting the survey

Topic 2 - Early Help & Prevention

Early Help means taking action to support a child, young person or their family as soon as a problem emerges. It can be required at any stage in a child’s life, from pre-birth to adolescence, and applies to any problem or need that the family can’t deal with alone.

Early Help means better outcomes for children and families. Effective Early Help will resolve problems before they become overwhelming and require high cost, reactive services. Early Help enables children to be ready for school and more likely to achieve their full potential.


What is Section 11?

Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 places duties on a range of organisations and individuals to ensure their functions, and any services that they contract out to others, are discharged having regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
What is the Responsibility of Wirral Safeguarding Children Partnership?

All organisations have a general duty to promote and safeguard children. Wirral Safeguarding Children Partnership (WSCP) is a statutory body that oversees these arrangements and in order to measure the effectiveness of these duties the Partnership has developed standards with indicators which can support a judgement.

What are the responsibilities of agencies to comply with Section 11?

Section 11 places a duty on: 
  • local authorities and district councils that provide children’s and other types of services, including children’s and adult social care services, public health, housing, sport, culture and leisure services, licensing authorities and youth services
  • NHS organisations and agencies and the independent sector, including NHS England and clinical commissioning groups, NHS Trusts, NHS Foundation Trusts and General Practitioners
  • the police, including police and crime commissioners and the chief officer of each police force in England and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime in London
  • the British Transport Police
  • the National Probation Service and Community Rehabilitation Companies35
  • Governors/Directors of Prisons and Young Offender Institutions (YOIs)
  • Directors of Secure Training Centres (STCs)
  • Principals of Secure Colleges
  • Youth Offending Teams/Services (YOTs)

Completing and Scoring the Self-assessment

The audit consists of a series of questions which relate to specific arrangements, including policies, procedures, managing allegations and training which help safeguard children and young people.

When agencies have completed their audit, a blank Action Plan template can be downloaded from the WSCP website and populated with any areas requiring further improvement. The WSCP will dip sample audits after each topic, and action plans on an annual basis.

To keep a copy of your audit, fill in the questions and press print before you click 'done'. The WSCP keep copies of every audit, you can request a copy of your audit by contacting Kat Ryan.

To find out more about Section 11, follow the link to our website.

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* 1. Please select your agency from the options below

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* 2. Please provide details of the professional completing this audit

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* 3. Is your agency/organisation assured that all staff working with children and families understand what is meant by early help and prevention?

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* 4. Do appropriate staff know how to identify the need for early help?

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* 5. Is your agency/organisation aware of the locally available services to support children and families?

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* 6. Are all staff who work with children and families aware of and promote the use of the family toolbox to help families identify appropriate support?

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* 7. Are staff aware of the differences between familial abuse and neglect and contextual safeguarding risks from outside the home?

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* 8. Is your agency/organisation aware of the Family Hubs concept being introduced in Wirral?

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* 9. Are you assured that staff routinely contribute to early help assessments and plans, and attend multi-agency meetings with children and families?

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* 10. Where appropriate, do your staff act as the lead professional in early help cases?

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* 11. If you have a good practice example or case study in this area, please upload it here. If there is more than one document to attach, please send to Kat Ryan

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