Home-Start
The UK’s leading family
support charity
Home-Start ‘Unpacked’
Home-Start ‘Unpacked’
The Home-Start Model
• Home-Start offers one to one, personalised support for
parents with children under five; reaching out to families at
risk of social exclusion, including those who do not engage
with other services.
• Home-Start places trained volunteers alongside parents.
Support is tailored to the individual needs of each family
and is provided for as long as the family needs it.
• Volunteers are managed and supervised by their local
Home-Start scheme which is in turn supported by HomeStart UK; a community resource with all the benefits of a
strong national organisation.
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Home-Start
“Home-Start provides an essential support service to vulnerable
families and has been dedicated to improving the lives and wellbeing of children and their families for many years.
A central component of Home-Start service is to provide support
early, before family problems or pressures evolve into deeper and
more challenging forms of family crisis.
This early intervention approach enables families to strengthen
their own capabilities and gives them a vital source of sustained
support.
Given the difficult social and economic forces that are currently
affecting families across the country, it is my hope that HomeStart will continue to steadfastly support vulnerable families.”
Graham Allen MP, January 2012
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Home-Start
The Home-Start Approach
A Four Stage Process
1. ENGAGEMENT
2. MATCHING
3. PARENT TO PARENT SUPPORT (within a framework of
structured professional assessment)
4. ENDINGS
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Home-Start ‘Unpacked’
• Over almost forty years Home-Start’s much admired parent
to-parent home visiting support model has been developed
and refined.
• This workshop will explore ways in which the Home-Start
service, which has preventative support at it’s core, can be
deployed with families with varying tiers of need.
• Case studies will illustrate the reality and potential of local
flexibility and responsiveness and………
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Home-Start ‘Unpacked’
• Explore routes to access our specialist programmes in
support such as:
• Healthy child and parent programmes
• School ready/home learning environment programmes
• Safeguarding
• Maximising Income
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Home-Start ‘Unpacked’
Home visiting support complimented by family groups focused
support & specialist programmes
STARTING YOUNG
Healthy cooking, eating &
food hygiene programmes
SAFEGUARDING
ACTIVE TOTS
SAFEGUARDING
& PROMOTING
CHILDREN’S
WELFARE
Physical activities
& games
PHYSICAL HEALTH
ADDITIONAL &
ADVANCED TRAINING
In partnership with specialist
agencies
PNI courses & support
groups for parents
SELF ESTEEM
Confidence building courses
& groups
MENTAL
HEALTH &
WELL
BEING
ENJOY & ACHIEVE
Learning through play
INSPIRE TO ASPIRE
SAFETY & ACCIDENT
PREVENTION
Home-Start
Home
visiting
service
ASPIRATIONS &
POSTIVE PARENTING
PROVISION OF
Safety equipment &
resources
MIMS – mums in
mind
Comprehensive, staged training
programmes & specialist support
Supporting parental
engagement in early learning
PARENTING & BESPOKE
POVERTY &LOW
INCOME
REACH & INCLUSION
Home-Start courses
VOLUNTEERS
SPECIALIST/FOCUS
GROUPS & SUPPORT
MAXIMISING INCOME PROJECT
Providing support in
response to diverse need
Supporting families to access additional
benefits
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Home-Start ‘Unpacked’
• Safeguarding & promoting children’s welfare
Promoting positive
attachment and protective factors; Trained staff and volunteers at ALL levels of
need; Integrated working —CAF, TAC, CiN and CP support; Information sharing;
Early intervention; Trust and disclosure; Prevent crisis; Support through crisis
*DFE Working together to safeguard children
• Mental health & well being
Supporting parents who are isolated or
suffering from depression, post natal illness or bereavement; Reacting to
disclosures of past trauma; Emotional support; Attending appointments &
accessing other services; Broaden social networks.
• Aspiration & positive parenting
Support to provide the physical and
emotional care for children through role-modelling, encouragement; Support to
access children’s centres, support groups, parenting courses, libraries; Offering
advocacy and transition support
*DOH Healthy child programme
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Home-Start ‘Unpacked’
• Poverty & low income
Support with budgeting, shopping and accessing
benefits; Signposting and advocacy to access legal, financial, debt and housing
advice; Transport to appointments; Free social events and outings.
*DFE New approach to child poverty
• Reach & inclusion
Supporting families with diverse backgrounds and
cultures; Meeting the diverse needs of all groups including: rurally isolated
families, travellers, teenage & single parents, parents with learning disabilities,
physically disabled
*DFE & DOH Supporting families in the foundation years
• Safety & accident prevention
Supporting families where domestic
violence, drugs or alcohol are issues; Advice and information regarding safety in
the home; Fire prevention; Hygiene and travel and road safety; Challenging antisocial behaviour.
*DCLG troubled families team
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Home-Start ‘Unpacked’
• Volunteers
Our work with volunteers support Community capacity building; Supporting local
people to gain skills and qualifications leading to further training, education and
employment; Promoting active citizenship through volunteering; 40 hour volunteer
training course and ongoing development training; Comprehensive support and
supervision
* DOH Strategic vision for volunteering
* Examples of relevant national strategies
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Home-Start ‘Unpacked’
EVERYONE KNOWS
HOME-START……….
…….OR DO THEY?
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Home-Start ‘Unpacked’
• Does this case study change your perception or
understanding of the support Home-Start schemes can
provide? If so, how?
• What, if anything, stood out for you in terms of the
support provided or the process in place?
• How are families with similar issues supported in your
area?
• Does Home-Start provide support in your locality?
• Has this case study raised any questions for you about the
Home-Start service?
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Home-Start ‘Unpacked’
Locating & contacting your local Home-Start schemes:
www.home-start.org.uk
For more information on our specialist services contact:
Home-Start UK
0116 258 7900
Alternatively contact:
Kate Malloch
or
Fiona Hill
[email protected]
[email protected]
Social Policy Advisor &
L &D Specialist &
VIMS Project Manager
Inspire to Aspire Project Manager
020 7269 6973
01327 262963
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Kate Malloch - National Children`s Bureau