This team is a non-statutory service that works with children aged 0 to 11 years, alongside Richmond Borough schools, children centres and other agencies, to deliver a wide range of interventions.
The Family Support Team focus heavily on early intervention and prevention which is achieved by the family support workers completing a Early Help Assessment with children and their families to identify unmet needs that require multi-agency support. The family support team workers co-ordinate regular 'team around the child' meetings with the child, their families and the other professionals to ensure that the child's and family's needs are continuously met by the agencies involved.
The family support workers can offer parenting support as well as support directly to the child to access local resources available. These include extra curricular activities, children’s centres and local projects.
Children and families can be referred to the Family Support Team by schools, children’s centres, any other agency with concerns for a child or family. It is also possible for a family to self refer.