0 to 19 Services to support families in Northamptonshire

Services to support children and families

Children’s Centre Services in Northamptonshire offer groups, activities, courses and support for families with children aged from 0 to 19 years, with the emphasis on supporting the whole family to ensure that children get the best start in life. Staff based at the Children’s Centres work closely with partners to provide a range of services including:

  • Information, advice and signposting
  • Parenting Courses 
  • Domestic Abuse Support 
  • Special Needs and Disability Support
  • Health Services such as Midwives, Health Visitors and Well Baby Clinics
  • Housing Support 
  • 1:1 targeted support for families, children and young people needing some extra help

We recognise that every family has its ups and downs. Being a parent or carer is hard work and sometimes you may need extra support.  Early Help offers families support by working with you to understanding what is working well and identifying where you may need some extra help, this is called an Early Help Assessment.

For more information see EHA Information for Parents.

​We provide a range of parenting and domestic abuse programmes to support families below:

Parenting

  • Incredible Years 
  • Triple P 0 to 12
  • Teen Triple P
  • Solihull
  • 123 Magic

Domestic abuse 

  • Freedom 
  • Stay Free 
  • Fresh Start (Perpetrators Programme)

If you would like to register for a course please contact your local Children’s Centre who will be able to help.

Your Local Children’s Centres

To find your local Children’s Centre visit Children and Families Service Finder (FIS)

Northamptonshire libraries offer a range of services for families and children including Bookstart bear club, parents’ collections, books, audio books and regular events such as rhymetime and story time.

See further details of your local library offer.

The Strong Start team is a group of qualified and experienced early years’ professionals who work closely with health visiting and infant feeding teams across Northamptonshire to support families with babies and young children. 

Information and support

We can support families with children under 5 in the following ways:

  • Signpost or refer to health services including the smoking cessation team
  • Provide information and help to access local groups
  • Help to set up a peer group within your community
  • Help to assess eligibility for help with early education and childcare costs for two year olds and free vitamins

You can make contact with us via our administrator on 07880136070 or via email at StrongStartTeam.NCC@westnorthants.gov.uk

Programmes

We deliver a range of age appropriate early learning activities on a range of topics whilst parents and carers have the opportunity to develop peer support networks and gain information to support happy, healthy families. Some of the key topics include child development, oral health, safety, healthy eating, the value of play and communication and language.

More information can be found on the Strong Start Website.

The MultiAgency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) screens all referrals to Children's Social Care and makes the decision as to the most appropriate team to assess the needs of the child/young person. Sometimes the needs of the child, young person and parent/carer can be met through other agencies or services offered by Northamptonshire Children's Trust. This eligibity criteria identifies those children and young people that should be referred to the Disabled Children's Team.

When the MASH receive a referral, in liaison with the Diasbled Children's Team, they decide if the child or young person meets the eligibility criteria for an assessment of need which is completed under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989. Carers needs are considered within this assessment and the local authority commission Northamptonshire Carers to assess and provide additional support to carers.

Northamptonshire Children's Trust applies the Equality Act 2010 definition of a disability.      

A Child has a disability if:

  • they have a physical or mental impairment;
  • the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to perform normal day-to-day activities

These words have the following meanings:

  • substantial (that is, more than minor or trivial); and
  • adverse; and long term (that is, it has lasted or is likely to last for at least a year or for the rest of the life of the person affected).
  • Physical or mental impairment includes sensory impairments

Definition:

A child with disability will be defined as having:  "A permanent severe/substantial learning and/or physical disability and/or profound sensory impairment"

In addition:

  • The child may be vulnerable because they have on-going health needs arising from their disability which require supervision
  • The child may be vulnerable in ordinary day-to-day situations without supervision because of his/her disability
  • The child may have a physical dependency in terms of his/her day-to-day care needs, which substantially impact upon the family and other carers
  • The child may have  emotional or behavioural difficulties airing out of his/her disability

Eligibility criteria for the Specialist Disabled Children's Team:

In order for a child or young person to be considered for support from the specialist Disabled Children's Team (level 4), a number of areas of need relating to the child's disability and impact on the family are considered.  The needs identified below are usually present for intervention from the Disabled Children's Team to be provided.

Disabled children meeting eligibility for specialise tier 4 services will usually have:

  • Severe learning disabilities
  • Severe physical disabilities that require a high level of personal care support, without which their independence would be significantly restricted;   including substantial sensory impairment together with auditory and/or visual impairment
  • Severe developmental delay in motor and/or cognitive functioning
  • Profound multiple disabilities
  • Complex and severe health  problems that arise from the disability, that are life limiting, degenerative illness or organic disorder resulting in severe disability
  • Children and young people who are diagnosed with  Autistic spectrum disorder which has a significant impact on their communication needs, social and behavioural development

The Disabled Children's Team is unlikely to provide a service to children with:

  • Moderate physical disabilities
  • Specific learning  difficulties
  • Speech and language difficulties
  • Minor sensory impairment
  • Educational problems
  • Emotional and behavioural problems including children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Mild to moderate developmental delay
  • Mental Health difficulties
  • Anxiety
  • Children whose main needs centre around emotional / behavioural development and or mental health can be referred or signposted to other appropriate teams or agencies who can best meet their needs, for example:
      • Early Help teams
      • MASH
      • CAMHS
      • Northamptonshire Local Offer

 Some children can be referred immediately to specialist services:

  • A disabled child who was in receipt of specialist help from another Local Authority moves into Northamptonshire
  • A child with Continuing care needs is referred by the Continuing Care Service