Integrated working and Early Help

Services across education, health and social care are working more closely together so that children and families receive a better and more coordinated service.

Integrated working

Integrated working aims to improve communication between practitioners who work with children and young people in health, education and social care. Services across these areas are working more closely together so that children and families receive a better and more coordinated service.

The aims of integrated working are to:

  • help services for children identify whether your child needs help
  • encourage professionals to provide choices about the help that is available for your child
  • make sure that professionals understand the rules about sharing information about your child.

Early Help

Families with children of any age can experience problems at times. Early Help in East Sussex is the targetted support that is available to help before things get too bad. By providing Early Help services we want to achieve better outcomes for children, prevent families from needing social care intervention, and keep families together where possible.

The Children Index – how information is shared between practitioners

A practitioner is anyone who works with children and young people, for example a social worker, GP or some teachers.

To enable practitioners to share information and assess what care your child is receiving, a directory called the Children Index has been set up. The Index is only accessible to authorised practitioners.

As a parent or carer, you have the right to see information held in the Children Index about your child. You make these requests in writing using the Data Protection Subject Access Request Form.

Who to contact

For more about the Children Index contact the Index Support Team.

For more information about integrated working contact the Early Help and Commissioning Team.

Many support services across health and children's services are listed in the East Sussex Community Information Service (ESCIS).

Information for practitioners

All information for practitioners on integrated working and information sharing is on Czone, the website for people working in Children's Services in East Sussex.