Early Help

Neglect – Graded Care Profile 2

North Lincolnshire Children’s MARS has commissioned and approved the use of the Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) tool to assess children and their families’ experiences and situations where there is known or suspected neglect.

For further information in relation to the GCP2, please see the Neglect – Graded Care Profile 2 page.

Early Help

Working Together 2018 places a statutory responsibility on the safeguarding partners and other local organisations and agencies to work together to:

  • identify children and families who would benefit from early help
  • undertake an assessment of the need for early help
  • provide targeted early help services to address the assessed needs of a child and their family which focuses on activity to improve the outcomes for the child

The intent of the Children’s MARS arrangements includes to:

  • co-produce with children, young people and families using their strengths and assets to develop services to meet their individual needs
  • make children’s safeguarding personal and swift so they remain in families, in school
  • build children, young people and families resilience

The provision of early help services should form part of a continuum of support to respond to the different levels of need of individual children and families.

The Helping Children and Families in North Lincolnshire document describes the organisational model across five levels of need in North Lincolnshire.

We agree to offer early help at the earliest point and lowest level of service required to improve outcomes for children.

Local principles of early help include:

  • supporting children and families to find their own solutions and help them build support networks within the community
  • working with the views and experience of the child and family, being solution focused and building on the strengths of the child and family so that they can be independent of services
  • being clear in our work with children and families about the intended outcomes and how to achieve these

Early Help Assessment Forms and Guidance

The procedures to support a child and family through early help, the Early Help Assessment and Early Help Plan are in the Children’s MARS Board Policy and Procedure – Assessing Need and Providing Help. It also outlines procedures on information sharing, making a referral and child protection conferences.

To submit an Early Help Assessment front sheet complete the online Early Help Assessment form front sheet.

The following forms and guidance are available to download:

Relationship Matters

Disagreements and arguments are completely normal but if they are becoming a problem then help is at hand.  Relationship Matters launches a new website to provide information and help to families in managing those situations that can cause arguments and stress.

Relationship Matters is a new partnership between North Lincolnshire Children’s Multi-Agency Resilience and Safeguarding (MARS) Arrangements and 14 other local authorities across Yorkshire and the Humber region helping families who may be having relationship difficulties.  A new website has been launched to offer families information, tips and help and what better time than now as the coronavirus has made big changes to the way in which we live our everyday lives.

All relationships have tricky moments but it is how these are resolved that matters – especially at the moment for getting us through enforced self- isolation, lock down and social distancing.  We are all spending longer periods of time with our loved ones and this is bound to bring about some added challenges.

Whether parents live together or separately disagreements are completely normal but evidence shows that regular conflict has a big impact on children.

Relationship Matters can help everyone recognise the signs such as:

  • Arguing and rows, shouting all the time about things like money, parenting and housework
  • Sulking and the silent treatment, slamming doors or walking away from each other
  • Finding it hard to say sorry after an argument and move on
  • Using hurtful texts, emails or Facebook against each other

The website can give everyone hints, tips and information about how to stay calm and work it out and where to go next if extra help is needed. www.relationshipmatters.org.uk

Sometimes it can be difficult to work out the difference between parental conflict and domestic abuse.  Relationship Matters is about relationships where things are ‘mostly respectful and equal but experiencing difficulties’.

If you are afraid of your partner or feeling that they control your life then this is more likely to be domestic abuse, please seek help. 

  • If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police.

Confidential advice and help is available from The Blue Door Domestic and Sexual Abuse Service shown below:


Helpline: 0800 197 4787

Email: info@thebluedoor.org