Children and Families

Building on the strength of families to improve lives and create better futures

Family Group Conferences

It's a way of getting your family, other relatives and close friends together at an agreed location to plan to make things better.

All families have problems and sometimes need help to sort things out. A Family Group Conference (FGC) is a voluntary meeting for your family where you all have a chance to come up with ideas about how to improve things for children in the family.

Find out more about Family Group Conferences for families.

Find out more about Family Group Conferences for professionals.


The Early Help Assessment

The Early Help Assessment Tool has been designed to provide an accessible and family friendly framework to support the identification of early needs and family strengths. It is underpinned by restorative, strengths-based and relational approaches and supports universal services, community members, and volunteers to work with individuals or families to provide help at the earliest opportunity.

The tool has been tested with children and families in various settings, including voluntary sector organisations, West Berkshire schools, the council's Education Welfare Service and Family Hubs.


What is The Emotional Health Academy?

It's a new initiative that's part of  Building Communities Together

It's not a building, but the name for a network of qualified psychology graduates. These professionals work with young people and families to provide early, quick, responsive support. They also work closely with and in schools, with GPs, children's centres (now called Family Hubs), the police and other organisations.

Our emotional health workers are already in schools across West Berkshire, and the kind of help it can give includes; one to one support, group sessions and arranging specific types of therapy.

How can I get involved?

If you're a young person (aged between 11 and 19) ask for help here.

If you're a parent, guardian, teacher or professional with concerns about a young person with emerging emotional health issues ask for help here.

If you run a service that provides some of this help already, let us know - we can work with you to make sure we don't overlap and work together in the best way possible. Email barry.stormont@westberks.gov.uk to find out more.


Turnaround Families

We work with families where:

children who have not been attending school regularly

adults and children involved in crime and anti-social behaviour

adults or children affected by domestic violence and abuse

adults and children with a range of health problems

adults out of work or at risk of financial exclusion and young people at risk of worklessness

We work with partner agencies where:

they are finding it difficult to make progress to improve outcomes for children

situations are deteriorating or a new approach is required

We work in innovative ways, using restorative practice skills and the Signs of Safety Framework in a solution-focussed approach, to achieve improvement in outcomes for families.

Read more about the Turnaround Families Programme in West Berkshire.