The Early Help 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 Early Help 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
- 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.
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
NHS West Sussex Partnership Single Point of Access (ages 4-18)
The West Sussex Single Point of Access (SPoA) is a dedicated service which provides a simplified single route to access specialist emotional wellbeing and mental health support. The SPoA helps direct you to the right service, eliminating the need to refer to multiple services.
Led by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, the service is delivered in partnership with West Sussex County Council's Youth Emotional Support Service (YES) and YMCA Dialogue.
e-wellbeing is the digital front door for West Sussex SPoA. Visit the e-wellbeing website for the online referral form and more information.
If you are unable to complete the online referral form or have any questions about a referral, please email WestSussexSPOA@spft.nhs.uk or phone 030 030 40462.
7 Working in partnership with West Sussex Scouts
Scouting has many opportunities for a child to develop their social skills, self-confidence, respect for authority and personal leadership.
We have a partnership agreement with West Sussex Scouts which supports eligible children referred by keyworkers or partner agencies.
This means the child:
- is prioritised for scout membership
- may qualify for help with financial necessities. This means families can liaise with leaders about support towards the cost of buying a uniform or paying for trips and activities.
Find out more about the referral process on the West Sussex Scouts website.