Resilience Network meetings were launched in January 2021 for partners to attend with any low level concerns regarding a child or young person they are working with. These meetings will continue on a monthly basis. Please contact the relevant person linked to the age group, see below.
The resilience network meetings offer support and guidance to partner agencies in the provision of early help to children and families.
The resilience networks will take place in Kingston and Richmond and be arranged into age groups. Please ensure that you book on to the correct session for the age range of the children that you are working with.
Networks will take place monthly and will be facilitated via google meets. Once you have booked a place on AfC CPD Online an attachment will be on the email confirmation.
Please use the following links to book and for full details:
Please contact Claire.Grayson@
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Sharon Karikari, Senior Early Help Practitioner
Rebecca Eggleton-Wills, Senior Early Help Practitioner
Dasha Kuzina, Team Leader
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Ashley Jones, Team Leader
Chloe Walsh, Senior Early Help Practitioner
Richard Laryea, Senior Early Help Practitioner
Early Help is significant at every stage of the child’s journey from unborn baby to young person at risk of criminal exploitation and missing education, to the care leaver and young adult.
“Working together in Kingston and Richmond to keep children’s safety and wellbeing at the heart of everything we do” is our local vision and multi-agency working is key to prevention and early help. The resilience networks in each borough will support individual, family and community strengths to lead to improved community resilience, increased safety and improved wellbeing.
Why is early help so important?
Early help is all about identifying needs within families early and providing coordinated support to build resilience before problems become complex.
‘Providing Early Help is more effective in promoting the welfare of children than reacting later. Early Help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life, from the foundation years through to the teenage years. Early Help can also prevent further problems arising.’ (Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018)
Early Help is a non-statutory service area that supports children, young people and families to improve their outcomes and reach their goals and aspirations. It does this through positive engagements, sustaining their power, finding out more about the power they have, exploring with them their needs and helping them to identify the things that they would want to change in order to be the person and/ parent they want to be.
Note The existing Early Help assessment resources are still in use and should be used by all partners, is available to download and submit on the AFC website https://www.achievingforchildren.org.uk/early-help-assessment/
AfC (Achieving for Children) has information on local services, activities and support available for families including children and young people aged 0 - 25 years with special educational needs or disabilities. There is also information for Carers and education support post 16 years of age, training and employment and short breaks.
Please click here to view the SEND Local Offer.
Resources to support partners with Early Help
- Food & essentials - support for families in Kingston
- Food & essentials - support for families in Richmond
- Local, Regional, and National sources of support for children and families in Kingston
- Local, Regional, and National sources of support for children & families in Richmond
- Reed partnership employability & work programmes open to both Kingston & Richmond residents
- Information about the DEFRA grant that is being managed by Richmond CAR and Richmond AID which will provide grants for families and individuals for food and essentials
- Multi Agency Threshold Document 2020