Sheffield is committed to enabling and supporting all of its children, young people and families to be safe, healthy and successful now and in the future. We can best do this by identifying any additional needs as early as possible and providing the right support at the right time and in the right place
Our vision is for every child, young person and family to recognise their strengths and to be supported to build capacity and resilience resulting in sustained independence that enables them to reach their potential now and in the future in spite of any disadvantages that they may face.
We will only achieve this vision by Working Together to support families and joint guidance is being produced by and shared with partners from the statutory and voluntary sectors in Sheffield.
Continuum of need
Sheffield’s 5 Levels of need reflect a whole family approach to providing support for children, young people and families which is flexible and responsive. The needs of children, young people and their families do not move through the levels in a structured way, but rather on a continuum of need. Children, Young People and their families may experience a range of different needs at different times and as such will move backwards and forwards through the continuum as needs are met
Early help (part 1)
A new Early Help Assessment Part 1 form, available to download here, has been produced to give brief whole family details and updates on work already undertaken with a family. This new forms replaces the current request for support form (for MAST) and should be used to access the Early Help Gateway meetings. Completed Early Help Assessment Part 1 forms should be sent to the local MAST office, either by post or by secure email.
Early help gateway meetings
Early Help Gateway meetings will over time replace the current MAST and Schools localities meetings. These meetings will introduce more multi-agency partners to participate in discussions around who is best placed to provide support for a family at an Early Help level.
Family common assessment framework
The Family Common Assessment Framework (FCAF) will be reviewed over the coming months by a multi-agency group, to form a complete version of the new Early Help Assessment giving a broader holistic picture on families with complex needs. For the time being, please continue to use the FCAF to assist you with assessing complex needs and accessing support.