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Continued Support from Medway Council for Professionals Working with Children and Families


The Early Help Transformation Team, part of Medway Council, is continuing their series of FREE training courses, as part of their ongoing support, designed for those working with children and families across Medway.

Early Help is about working with children, young people and their families to make sure the right support is available at an early stage before a small need becomes a bigger one.

There might be a variety of professionals and organisations that get involved in the early help process to offer support in a range of areas, but the goal of early help is to support families to resolve their own problems and prevent further problems later on.

The aim is to reduce the need for intense or acute services to become involved with the intention of offering support to make sure all of the needs of the child or family are met so that they can flourish.

Free Training

As reported previously, the training courses from Medway Council range from providing awareness about Early Help for professionals who work with or around children and families, through to Early Help training for Managers, as well as Healthcare and similar professionals who provide direct support.

A new series of training sessions has started recently, with further dates constantly being announced for later in the season.

The next date for Early Help Practitioner Training will take place Friday 3rd November 2017, from 09.15am to 4.00pm at the Civic Suite, Gun Wharf.

The next date for Early Help Awareness Training will be on Wednesday 15th November 2017, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Room 11, Gun Wharf,

Further training details can be found on the Council website.

Meetings and Events

As well as the available FREE training, they also host Meetings and Events, which provide opportunity to network with others as well as hear speakers from a range of appropriate agencies. There is no cost to attend, and no need to book.

Previous meetings have had contributing talks from Kent Police, Sexual Health Services, DWP and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (Tier 2 CAMHS).

Early Help Toolkits

Medway Council also provide templates along with documents and forms to help professionals to complete Early Help Assessments, as well as guidance to help; from checklist to help professionals who identifies if a child or young person has additional needs and might benefit from additional support; through to available directions and guides for Healthcare and similar Professionals to help manage Early Help process.


The Early Help Team at Medway Council also provides a helpline.

Whether you are a professional, a parent or a young person needing early help, the Early Help Helpline is there to offer advice and support.

The Early Help Helpline number is 01634 338746.

This helpline is available Monday to Thursday, 8.00am to 5.00pm, and on Friday, 8.00am to 4.30pm.

The Early Help team can also be contacted by email at

For more information about Early Help service, visit the Medway Council website.



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