Birmingham Children’s Partnership - Resources
Families are telling us about the many challenges they face, and their concerns as a direct result of Coronavirus. So as partners across Birmingham we are connecting together to support families who want early help.
The following sectors are connecting together in ten localities: community, voluntary and faith sectors, health, family support, social work, police, schools, further education, nurseries, children’s centres, health visitors and GPs.
Emergency food and fuel assistance for families
Emergency food and fuel assistance and early help is available for families you are working with. The grant limit has now been raised to £100.
A reminder that Birmingham City Council has announced £100k to be distributed in localities, and free school meals vouchers that are being sent direct to schools by Sodexo.
How to access the assistance:
If you are working with a vulnerable family that requires some extra help or has complex needs, then please get in touch with your Locality Lead (see our list of the ten Locality Leads) who will help.
Birmingham Children’s Partners are grateful for your help to support families through these difficult times, we are all part of the early help system for families.
COVID-19 support in ten localities
Each area has a voluntary sector Locality Lead and staff from a range of services, see our list of the ten Locality Leads.
The ten Locality Leads have close relationships with partners and communities, so they can help the whole family.
For example: provide family support, give advice and guidance including linking to food banks, connect families to the professionals who can support them and coordinate the help, support early help assessments, connect families into the local community resources to help families to be more resilient, and give small grants for emergency food assistance.
Some families need support from more than one professional. We no longer make referrals for early help, but connect and work together to support families, continuing to build relationships and supporting a range of needs of all family members.
To get support for a child, young people or a family, please complete the Family Connect form for Professionals.
Family Connect Form - for Professionals(If you cannot download the form you may need to contact your own IT admin for permission to gain access or remove firewalls).
If you are a parent then please complete the Family Connect form for self-identification.
Making Every Contact Count (MECC)
Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that utilises the tens of thousands of daily interactions professionals have with citizens, to support them in making positive changes to their health, wellbeing, debt, housing, adaptations, environment, social needs, etc.
MECC enables the opportunistic delivery of advice and guidance through established health and social care relationships and interactions that help nudge different behaviours.
MECC is especially important now: During the COVID-19 pandemic, needs have changed and emerged, as well as the way we connect; in many ways connections with citizens have reduced. This means it is more important than ever to use what interactions staff do have to make every contact count.
Birmingham's Local Welfare Provision scheme helps vulnerable people in short-term crisis with food and essential items. It is grant-based, which means people who receive help from it will not have to repay anything. It is not intended to replace the councils’ statutory duties.
The scheme is funded on an annual basis and once the fund has been exhausted for that financial year, there will be no further awards.
The scheme is purely discretionary and people have no statutory right to an award.
From Birmingham with Love
For a simple list of universal early help that is available from partners for all families go to the From Birmingham with Love page. This includes a flyer or poster that can be handed to families and translated versions.
Government vision for Early Help
The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government recently published a vision and toolkit for early help.