A new Early Help Hub which provides a single point of contact for information, advice and guidance about Early Help services for children and young people and their families in Cornwall, as well as access to a range of universal and Early Help services, was officially launched at New County Hall, Truro on Thursday, 5th November.
Early Help services include help provided both in early childhood and early in the development of a problem. The services are available to children and young people of all ages from pre-birth up to the age of 18, and up to the age of 25 where young people have special educational needs or disability. The development of this exciting new service is part of the Case for Cornwall.
The Early Help Hub is all about working together to provide: the right response, at the right time, by the right services.
Our vision is for all children and young people in Cornwall to be healthy and safe and to have opportunities to achieve and to improve themselves.
In March 2014 we at Cornwall Council formally launched Cornwall’s first multi-agency Early Help Strategy. This new Early Help Hub is a key part of this strategy.
We all know that identifying problems early and doing something about them is the best way of preventing those problems becoming a crisis. Even at this time of severe budget cuts, we are trying to move resources into Early Help. Integration will help to protect and improve those services.
Integration is not easy; it is sensitive and complex, so much so that many give up. Not here in Cornwall – we know this is the right thing to do and it is what parents, carers and children want.
In Cornwall we face many challenges. The triple whammy of increasing need due to ongoing austerity – reducing budgets due to government cuts – raised expectations. Integration is the only way we are going to face down these challenges
The new Hub, which has been developed jointly by Cornwall Council and Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT), is part of a wider programme, now under the Deal for Cornwall, to integrate children’s community health and social care services in Cornwall. This new approach is what parents and carers say they want so that they can tell their story once and get the right services at the right time.
Huge credit must go to CPFT for taking such a bold step in the interests of children and families and joining the Council in delivering this new service, much-needed service. I must also pay tribute to staff from both organisations who have worked hard in putting this new service together.
The Early Help Hub is a fantastic start, but it’s only the beginning of much larger integration.
Here is the link to the film from today’s launch: https://vimeo.com/144767006