Support for 5-11 year-olds

Guidance for professionals on support for 5-11 year-olds.

1 Overview

The IPEH service's progressive 'universal' offer is developed on the West Sussex Continuum of Need and the Healthy Child Programme's four levels of service. This means some services are open to all children and families, while other elements of the offer are more targeted and specialist.

The universal offer is available to all children, young people and families in addition to any targeted or specialist support that they may be receiving at levels 2 and/or 3.

If you require further information, please contact your local IPEH hub.

Note: Depending on whether a child attends primary or secondary school, our offer for 11 year-olds can overlap.

2 Level 1 (universal services)

Level 1 universal services are available to all children, young people and families.

For 5-11 year-olds, they include:

  • vision and hearing screening
  • National Child Measurement Programme assessment (reception and year 6)
  • a year 5 universal health questionnaire
  • training for all school staff on management of anaphylaxis and asthma to support effective medicine management and safety of students with health conditions in school
  • the offer of a termly conversation for each school
  • support for schools in delivering relationship and sex education and other personal, social and health education.

3 Level 2

Level 2 services are available on a needs basis in addition to the level 1 universal offer.

For 5-11 year-olds they include:

  • referrals to other agencies/specialist services
  • advice or support on an identified health need such as emotional health, sleeping, minor illness/accident prevention or behaviour (6-8 sessions, either 1-1 or in a small group)
  • support from the Healthy Futures team for vulnerable children, young people and families with complex child development, health, emotional, and social needs
  • follow up from attendance at A&E, minor injuries or urgent treatment centres
  • parenting support programmes, either 1-1 or in a group
  • 1-1 or small group work to follow up the year 5 health questionnaire
  • health care plan support for individual students with medical conditions in school, either as an identified need or at the school's request (the school will lead on this).

4 Level 3

Level 3 services are available on a needs basis in addition to the universal and level 2 offer.

For 5-11 year-olds, they include advice or support on an identified health need such as emotional health, sleeping, minor illness/accident prevention or behaviour (6-8 sessions, either 1-1 or in a small group).

5 Level 4

Level 4 services are delivered in addition to the universal and levels 2 and 3 service offer as part of a 'specialist' delivery offer.

For 5-11 year-olds, they include:

  • Youth Offending Service support
  • health support for children and young people who are subject to a child protection plan
  • enhanced Healthy Child Programme service delivery to all children who are looked after
  • 1-1 support or intervention with a child, young person or family where there is an identified health and safeguarding need, such as a child protection plan, child and family plan, Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC), Missing and Child Sexual Exploitation (MaCSE) involvement, or the child or young person is looked after.

6 GP referrals

GPs can access help and support for children and young people by making a direct referral. Please use the relevant form provided on the section linked below.

Information for GPs
Last updated:
27 December 2018

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