If you feel you need further support, speak to your Health Visitor, school, children’s centre, or contact the Family Information Service on 01724 296629 who will signpost you to the right service.
Whilst all of the above services offer universal support to everyone, sometimes families need more help to prevent situations from getting worse.
It may be that one organisation or person can provide the help that is needed, or they can help you to access the right help from the right person. If you need extra support, service staff will talk with you and other family members (if appropriate) to make an assessment of what support you might need to help you put things right. If you agree that you would benefit from the support we can offer, we will discuss and agree a plan forward; it is your plan and you will always be given a copy.
Examples of how we can help
Some parents or carers might need help with younger children. for example, some find it hard to get their children into a bedtime routine. Through the children’s centres or Health Visiting Service we may be able to offer advice and support to enable this to happen.
If your children are older or you are a teenager, you may want to focus on things like family relationships, helping you to agree on what needs to happen to get on better as a family. If things become really difficult, for example with drugs, alcohol, mental health, violence or debt worries, there are people who can help you find the support you might need.
All families are different and staff across all services are there to help you to work through the things that you are finding difficult and support you to find solutions.
The forms and guidance that are used during an assessment can be found on the CMARS website.
We will always work to keep children safe
We believe that in the vast majority of cases the best place for a child or young person to be is with their family. That is why we work so hard to provide early help to prevent families from breaking down. If we disagree with you about what needs to be done to keep your child safe we will always discuss this with you. We will explain exactly what our concerns are and what action we believe needs to be taken to keep your children safe from harm.