Early Help Partnership Sutton Coldfield

‘Early Help’ is a new city-wide approach which aims to connect families with local community services. This is a partnership of Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Children’s Trust, NHS organisations, West Midlands Police, and BVSC on behalf of the voluntary sector.

As an established, central community asset; Our Place Support have been chosen to deliver the ‘Community Connector’ element of the Early Help model for Sutton Coldfield in partnership with Spurgeons.

Our aim is to build on the strong partnership links already established in our community enabling us to ensure that every family has easy access to the support they need, when they need it – whether this is information on holiday activities, specialist provision or support with more complex situations.

Locality Priorities

The priority areas for Sutton Coldfield have been formulated and are monitored by the locality steering group and are based on area data and feedback from professionals working directly with local children, young people and families.

The 5 priority areas for Sutton Coldfield are:

  • Children and Young Peoples Mental Health
  • Youth Provision to to reduce and prevent instances of child criminal exploitation and antisocial behaviour.
  • Mapping of age appropriate and accessible child sexual exploitation services for education, prevention and support.
  • Parental Mental Health
  • Parenting Support

What is a Community Connector?

Our Community Connectors have an excellent knowledge of the local community; the services available, gaps in support and the ‘needs’ of our children, young people and families.

Using this knowledge and experience our Community Connectors; Danielle Williams and Dawn Latham work together to connect families and schools with the information and support services they need.

How can I access support?

You can access Early Help support by completing a Family Connect form, this form can be completed by professionals or families themselves and lets us know the information or support needed.

Click here and then scroll down to complete a Family Connect form.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to us we are available on 0121 354 40 80 or you can email our Community Connectors on CommunityConnectors@OurPlaceSupport.Org

Asset Register

As part of the Early Help approach each area is creating and managing an asset register; listing the services and activities available for families locally. This is updated on a regular basis and soon to be available locally to local schools, GPs and community groups.  To add your service to the Asset Register contact CommunityConnectors@OurPlaceSupport.org 

Early Help Training Sessions for Professionals.

There are two types of training sessions available to local professionals as part of the Early Help offer.

  • Information Sessions provide the opportunity to learn about the new Early Help offer. These can be accessed by booking a place on an available course listed below or by arranging for one of our team to deliver a session specifically for your organisation.
  • Awareness Raising Sessions are open access sessions focused on a specific topic relevant to our local community. These sessions aim to raise awareness, service engagement and provide new knowledge/skills to local professionals.

All sessions are free to access for professionals working with childten and young people. Please note that all sessions have a maximum number of attendees to encourage an interactive learning environment. Book early to secure places.

Upcoming Training Dates

To book a session please email Training@OurPlaceSupport.Org confirming the number of places required and the names of each attendee. All information and awareness sessions are currently delivered online via zoom unless otherwise requested.

Information Sessions:

  • Tuesday 14th December 2pm

If you would like to book an information session exclusively for your team please contact us on CommunityConnectors@OurPlaceSupport.Org

Awareness Raising Sessions:

  • STICK Awareness Session; Kat Rowlands- 2nd December 2021 1pm-2pm

Kat Rowlands will be giving a brief presentation on what ‘STICK’ is covering what the STICK team does, how they can support schools and other professionals with emerging mental health difficulties in children and young people. Kat will also explain how to request a consultation to discuss a child or young person and get further advice and how to refer for a STICK screening (assessment).

  • An Introduction to the West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) by Rachel Dixon – 7th December 2021 10am-11am.

The VRU has a public health approach to reducing violent crime, which means putting evidence at the heart of policy decisions.

The VRU work with schools, alongside the police, offering free training to schools, nurseries and youth providers in Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma Informed Approaches and Trauma in the Early Years.

In this session Rachel will share more about the VRU and the work being undertaken within our locality as well as how schools and organisations can access their FREE training opportunities.

  • Little & Often’ – Empowering parents & professionals with tips and tricks to support children with additional needs – 19th Jan 11am -12 noon 

Barbara is an experienced SEN teacher and consultant for children and young people with a range of additional needs. In this session Barbara will be sharing her vast amount of knowledge and experience to support professionals in their work with children and young people.

  • An Introduction to the West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) and Early Years – Specifically for Nurseries – 25th January 2021, 10am-11am

In this session focused entirely on Trauma and Early Years, Rachel Dixon will be sharing how the West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) are working with professionals to support children in Early Years who are displaying challenging behaviours linked to trauma. The VRU are providing access to fully funded trauma training for professional’s equipping them to offer a trauma informed response to supporting children.

Additional sessions are frequently added – please check back regularly for further training opportunities with the Sutton Coldfield Early Help Partnership or request to be added to our mailing list by email to training@ourplacesupport.org