Early Help & Wellbeing Support

Early Help refers both to:

  • help in the critical early years of a child’s life, when the building blocks of a child’s development are laid
  • and also help throughout a young person’s life to respond, as soon as possible, when difficulties emerge in order to prevent problems from escalating.

Kinship Carers Liverpool are here to support and advise carers and children of kinship families – at whatever stage of their journey – be it when at the earliest crisis stages when a child may have just started to live with a carer, or later on in the teenage years.

Here we provide an overview of key Early Help services in Liverpool that may be able to provide  support to you as a kinship carer.  Take a good look at various links and other websites – and remember we are here to support and signpost you in the right direction.

Early Help Advice Clinics – Kinship Carers Liverpool

We are working closely with the Early Help Hubs to support kinship families who are already involved with their local Hub and need further support to move forward. We will be holding monthly Advice Clinics for complex kinship cases – please contact our team to find out more.

Early Help Hubs – Liverpool City Council

Liverpool has 3 Early Help Hubs – North, Central and South

The aim of the Early Help Hubs is to work to support families which have multiple or complex needs – to identify and assess their needs and to have access to a multi-agency offer of personalised help – at the earliest point possible. To find out more about this support please contact us or contact them direct through the Liverpool City Council Early Help Directory Links:

Early Help Hubs links

Careline – Liverpool City Council

Liverpool City Council’s Careline child services manages all child social care enquiries and referrals and be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0151 233 3700 to:

  • Raise a concern about a child at risk (if a child is at immediate risk call 101 or 999 in an emergency).
  • Arrange an assessment of a child who is seriously ill or disabled, address the family’s needs and provide support.
  • Access advice and support from other services.
  • Request SEND (special educational needs and disability) early help including short breaks, direct payments, after school and holiday provision, carers’ assessments and support for sleep difficulties or any concerns about the child’s development.
  • Enquire about casework, individual child cases or other issues of a sensitive nature.

Get in touch with a social worker or specific social work team.

Submit a enquiry online


Additional Support – Further Options

Adoption Support Fund

The Adoption Support Fund pays for a range of therapeutic support for adopted children and their adoptive family. In April 2016 it was extended to include children who are cared for by Special Guardians, and who were previously ‘looked after children’ (LAC).

The Fund will provide money for a range of therapeutic type services that are identified to help the child achieve the following positive outcomes:

  • Improved relationships with friends, family members, teachers and school staff
  • Improved engagement with learning
  • Improved emotional and behaviour management
  • Improved confidence and ability to enjoy a positive family life and social relationships

Go to the Adoption Support Fund page on Family Rights Group website for more information about what the Fund will and won’t support, eligibility, and how to apply.

Mental Health Support for Pupils – Liverpool CAMHS

Liverpool CAMHS have developed a new range of information sheets covering pupils’ situations, feelings and behaviours that staff in schools may encounter. Being able to identify the signs and confidently offer early intervention, can prevent problems from escalating.

You can access resources regarding neurodevelopment conditions through the following links:

More resources and information about neurodevelopmental support and top tips can be found in the Early Help Directory

Free Legal Advice Service for carers/parents of a child with a disability or long term illness – University of Liverpool Law Clinic

This service is available to the general public and to those who are either an in-patient or out-patient of Alder Hey Hospital. A limited number of appointments are available term-time only through appointment by qualified solicitors and given in relation to the following areas:

  • Support from the Local Authority including assessments, short breaks services, holiday play schemes, care at home, aids and adaptations, financial help with travel costs to schools, direct payments
  • Welfare Benefits general advice about entitlement to benefits related to a child’s disability, including disability living allowance, carers allowance and  blue badges
  • Education Provision

See link to find out more or make an appointment: Liverpool Law Clinic

Liverpool Based Carer Support Services

Kinship Carers Liverpool also has good partnership links with local carer services in the city. These organisations may be able to help you in your kin caring role, or may be able to help young people who are starting to have a caring role with you or a family member as they reach teenage years or older.  Take a look at these links to find out more or give us a call to discuss: