POLICY KEYNOTE: Delivering early help services: making them work for families
Local authorities and their partners have a pivotal role in designing and delivering early help services as reforms to the children’s social care system move from theory to implementation.
This session will cover:
• How national policy in being implemented locally, including the development of “family help” services
• Multi-agency working, consent to work with families and how partners manage and share risk
• Local approaches to the arrangement and delivery of family support services in Essex
Executive Director, Children, Families and Education, Essex County Council
Chair, ADCS Families, Communities and Young People Policy Committee
NATIONAL POLICY UPDATE: The best start for life: progress on delivering the vision
In March 2021, the government launched Best start for life: a vision for the 1,001 critical days, setting out six action areas to improve outcomes for all babies in England. In this exclusive pre-recorded session, the Government’s early years adviser Dame Andrea Leadsom will reflect on progress to date, including new investment in family hubs and Start for Life services, and outline some key priorities ahead.
PRACTICE KEYNOTE: Specialist health visitors in perinatal mental health: where they are and what they’re doing
Specialist health visitors in perinatal and infant mental health play a key role in ensuring timely, high quality and cost-effective mental health support for mothers, fathers and babies across the UK.
This presentation will cover:
• The strategic, consultative and clinical role of specialist health visitors and their contribution to service design, policy and multi-disciplinary support for families
• Recommendations on how to ensure specialist health visitors are deployed and supported effectively across all areas
1A: Preventing youth crime and violence: a peer-led approach
Two teenagers from Yorkshire are at the forefront of efforts to tackle youth crime in the region as part of the ground-breaking Peer Action Collective – a partnership between the English Football League Trust, Youth Endowment Fund, #iwill Fund and Co-op. This includes delivering sessions in Wetherby Young Offenders Institution. Hear these inspiring young people talk about their experiences first-hand and find out more about the wider work of the youth-led programme.
1B: Early intervention in eating disorders: what you need to know
Recent years have seen a huge increase in the number of children and young people diagnosed with an eating disorder but early intervention and prevention services are lacking. Attend this session to: • Explore factors contributing to the rise in eating disorders and why child and adolescent health services are not currently meeting young people’s needs • Get practical advice and solutions for eating disorder prevention in the community based on examples of good practice
1C: Building healthy relationships: lessons learned from the Nurturing Programme
Family Links’ Nurturing Programme provides adults and children with the understanding and skills to lead emotionally healthy lives, build resilience, empathy, self-esteem and support positive relationships. It has been used successfully in a wide range of contexts including with families on the edge of care. This session will include:
• An overview of The Nurturing Programme – aims, approach, content
• Examples of work with families, schools, youth offending and edge of care teams
• Practical advice on delivering successful parenting support
POLICY KEYNOTE: Joining the dots: Are parenting programmes the key to integrated local family support?
The government has made significant investment in family support. The challenge is how to ensure a joined-up approach that really works for parents. This keynote will:
• Look at how parenting programmes could be a golden thread for service design and delivery
• Review different models of delivering parenting support
• Propose a blueprint for current investment through family hubs and Start for Life services that also addresses workforce challenges
2A: Early Nurture Service: addressing children’s mental health needs in early years settings
St John’s Foundation teamed up with Brighter Futures in November 2022 to launch the Early Nurture Service in Bath and North East Somerset to support children in early years settings with mental health needs. The service provides earlier identification, more accurate assessments and better support, including for children transitioning to primary school. Find out about progress so far and next steps plus wider work to support young children’s emotional and mental health.
2B: Beyond the Banter: Breaking down barriers using peer educators
Safer London’s award-winning Beyond the Banter model aims to get young black men and boys to start talking about their emotional wellbeing by opening up to specially trained peer educators.
Attend this session to:
• Learn how the project empowers and supports young people to become peer educators
• Experience a Beyond the Banter workshop
• Explore how a peer-led model can be applied elsewhere
2C: Supporting children with SEND in mainstream education: how to create a truly inclusive classroom
Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are at greater risk of exclusion from school than their peers. Ensuring the right support at the right time within mainstream education is crucial. This session will focus on:
• Practical examples of what works when creating inclusive classrooms and schools
• The six pillars of inclusive schools and what these mean for practitioners
• Tools to help practitioners and leaders get the basics right
Director of Inclusion, Every Day, Every Child Multi-Academy Trust
Deputy Regional SEN Lead for East of England and East London, Whole School SEND
Refreshments and exhibitor viewing
CLOSING KEYNOTE: Evaluating early help services: how do we know what works?
Evidence and evaluation are vital in ensuring services are effective and reach those children and families that need them the most. In this session, Foundations, the What Works Centre for Children & Families – formerly What Works for Early Intervention and Children’s Social Care - will explore keys to successful evaluation and how we can use evidence to drive impact in early help.