About the Signs of Wellbeing Way of Working
In Redcar & Cleveland our early help workers use the Signs of Wellbeing way of working with families who need help and support but don't require involvement from a social worker.
The Signs of Wellbeing approach helps us to understand what is happening so we can determine how best to help the child or young person, so that we can be sure that they are safe and well.
Signs of Wellbeing considers:
What we are worried about
- Anything that is happening or has happened in the past which is harmful or damaging to the child
- Any complicating factors that are making it harder to deal with the worries.
What is working well
- Things that the family and other people in the child's life have done in the past to keep them safe and support their wellbeing, when the things we are worried about have happened.
- Who has been helping and what they have been doing to sort out the worries.
What needs to happen
- What the early help worker needs to see happening in order to be satisfied that the child is safe and well.
- The next steps that need to be taken to address the worries and make sure the child will be safe and well in the future.
All of our assessments include:
- A Critical Worry Statement which sets out who is worried, what they are worried about and what is likely to happen if nothing changes.
- A Wellbeing Goal which explains what everyone involved needs to see happening to be sure that the worries have been addressed and to be satisfied that the child is safe and well.
To help families achieve their wellbeing goals we will:
- Work with them to identify a support network to who can help to address the worries and support the child, this will usually include extended family members, friends and other important people in the child's life.
- Work with them to develop a wellbeing plan, this will set out the next steps and explain what needs to happen if the worries arise again.
- Work with children and young people to understand what they are worried about and what they want to happen so that this is incorporated into their wellbeing plan.