In case you missed it: Children & Families update from the Headteachers Conference

John Coleman, Assistant Director for Children and Families summarises the key information shared at the recent Headteachers' Conference on 22 October.

On behalf of the Children and Families team, I hope you had a restful half term week and have had an opportunity to digest the information from the Children & Families presentation shared at the Headteachers Conference on 22 October 2019. We hope that you found the presentation and table discussions useful and informative.

We appreciate some people couldn’t attend the conference and, for those who did attend, there was a lot of information to take in, so we have summarised some of the key points from the session below:

  • Warwickshire County Council is investing in services and new ways of working to get the right support at the right time for families. This also means more support for schools which is available locally and simple and easy to use.
  • Through restorative practice the council is helping communities and families to build on their strengths and relationships to find their own solutions.
  • There are changes to how services are accessed to help manage demand appropriately and ensure families are supported in the best way possible. For the system to be most efficient we all need to work together with families and resources have been developed to help us do this.
  • New ways of working will mean quick access to Family Support, Parenting Work and advice and guidance available locally.
    To view the full presentation, please click here.

At the conference, we provided posters for practitioners which can be used in staff areas to help to signpost parents to the right place, as well as a flyer for parent, so that they can help themselves. We hope you were able to take some of these back to your schools, these are also now available to download on our website here.

We also supplied a toolkit for practitioners containing information on everything we covered in our presentation and to help you to understand more about the services available and where to signpost children and families. 

Finally, we shared some children and family service successes from the past year - here's the video for anyone who missed this: 

For further information on Early Help and who to contact for further information, please visit the Early Help webpages.

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