Early Support in Sheffield is co-ordinated by a dedicated service based at Ryegate Children’s Centre.
The team are responsible for the organisation and delivery of multi-agency training on Early Support, and provide information and support to professionals taking on the role of Keyworker. The team also manages a city-wide database to monitor Early Support in Sheffield.
Any professional can be responsible for introducing Early Support.
If you become involved with a family with a baby/young child with disabilities, and who has the involvement of at least two different professionals, then Early Support should be introduced.
Check who else is working with the child and complete a Common Assessment (CAF) if appropriate.
Offering Early Support is a decision you should make jointly with the family.
Identify a keyworker by asking the family who they would like to take on this role.
Contact the Early Support Team to register the child on the Sheffield Early Support Database.
Introduce the Early Support Family File and other materials as needed. Encourage the family to take this file to all appointments.
The keyworker should liaise with the other professionals involved to inform them they have taken on this role.
The keyworker will organise a Family Service Plan (multi-agency) meeting and ensure that a written Family Service Plan is circulated. This meeting should consider the needs of the whole family.
The keyworker will support the family in the use of the plan and provide advice as needed.
Sheffield Early Support Service has developed materials to help professionals in taking on a keyworker role. These include:-
Keyworker Information File
Early Support standard letters
If you would like copies of these for your service area please contact the Early Support Team
If you are unsure if a family requires Early Support, or if the child has very complex developmental or health needs, please contact the Early Support Team for advice.