Birmingham Children’s Partnership - Resources
In response to the coronavirus the Partnership has accelerated work that will make the biggest difference to children and families.
Covid-19 Early Help
Families are telling us about the many challenges they face as a direct result of Coronavirus and during this recovery period. So as partners across Birmingham we are connecting together to support families who want early help.
The following will be 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.
Each locality has a voluntary sector lead and a public sector lead. Professionals, parent, carers and young people can use the mind map below to connect to the leads, and discover other services that are available in each locality during Covid-19.
Locality leads have close relationships with partners and communities, so they can provide advice and guidance, connect families to those who will support them, and draw on community resources to help families to be more resilient.
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 family members.
We are working on a case management system for everyone in early help, for now please use the Family Connect Form.
As an example: John is a teacher with Jasmine Smith in his class. John is worried about Jasmine’s performance and that she’s tired in the morning. John approaches the family and is told about the caring responsibilities of Jasmine and also notices that the little brother has speech and language difficulties. With permission from the family John telephones the Locality Lead and sends a Family Connect Form with details.
The Locality Lead connects John and the family to a community group supporting carers that is based in the next street. The family is also put in touch with the local speech and language therapist who works with the nursery to support the little brother. John continues to keep in touch with the family and builds a strong and trusting relationship with the parents.
Emergency Resilience Funding (now closed to new applications)
The Resilience Funding is now closed to new applications. Since April we have supported over 7,500 families through this funding, which also provides families with additional support from our Early Help Locality Teams.
This additional support remains available for families and it can be accessed via the Family Connect Form
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.
Covid-19 Community Grants
The Community Grants for 2020 to 2021 have now been awarded, with more than 140 new services and support in localities for families.
New grass-roots level grants are planned for April 2021.
Government vision for Early Help
The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government recently published a vision and toolkit for early help.