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Early help is anything that helps; driving a partnership approach to improved outcomes for families

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Nicholas Lindsay, Head of School at Longfield Academy, talks about how local services need to work together in a joined up and coordinated way to support the early help offer - ensuring every child and their family has the chance to fulfil their potential.

Providing early help for families - East Sussex’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Prescription Pad

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Catherine Watson, Practice Manager for Troubled Families at East Sussex County Council, talks about their innovative approach to signposting families to early help services via their Mental Health and Wellbeing Prescription Pad.

Using algorithmic decision tools in children’s social care – the challenges and the opportunities

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Thea Snow, Senior Programme Manager for Government Innovation at Nesta, discusses the opportunities and challenges of using algorithmic decision tools in children's social care to support decision making. Thea explores how humans make decisions, the different ways these tools can be used, and suggests a checklist for supporting their introduction into the workplace.

West Berkshire’s Emotional Health Academy – providing early help support to children and young people before problems escalate

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Barry Stormont, Manager at the Emotional Health Academy in West Berkshire, talks about how the academy provides early support to help prevent the need for accessing specialist mental health support and ease the pressure on both Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and acute services.

Earned Autonomy one year on – creating a more sustainable Early Help system

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Alison Smith is practice and area lead for Earned Autonomy (EA) areas for the Troubled Families Team at MHCLG. Following a round of monitoring assurance visits to EA areas earlier this year she talks about common themes and how areas are working to ensure their Early Help system is more sustainable into the future.

Evaluating the Local Family Offer, and new £2.7 million Reducing Parental Conflict Challenge Fund

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Find out how we’re learning what works to reduce parental conflict. Patrick Myers, Senior Ambassador - Reducing Parental Conflict Team (DWP), talks about the Local Family Offer evaluation and DWP's new £2.7 million Reducing Parental Conflict Challenge Fund.

Improving the educational outcomes of vulnerable children

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Children in Need have much poorer educational outcomes than their peers on average, but can succeed and fulfil their potential with the right support. Ola Wojnowska, Policy Adviser in the Children in Need Review team, shares best practice from the government’s recent Children in Need Review