Safeguarding Children’s Partnership makes October the month for families to focus on early help and support
The borough’s safeguarding partners are coming together
throughout October to share help, advice and practical tips for parents/carers
and families at an earlier point to support them in being thriving, happy
Rochdale Borough Council and Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale
CCG provide lots of early help for families across the borough.
Every family goes through
challenging times at some point, and it is ok to ask for help. Early help means
working with you and your family so that small problems don’t become big
problems, and help you be the very best family you can be.
Amanda Clarke, chair of the partnership, said: “It’s really
important that our local families know that
they can get help at an early stage, before little problems become big ones. All
partners are passionate about ensuring the families in our borough thrive and
there are is lots of support out there. Life is full of challenges so it’s okay
to ask for help – don’t suffer in silence.”
You may need support with your baby’s development, help with
childcare, you may be concerned with how your child is doing at school, need
mental health support for you or your child or you may need relationship
support as arguments at home are having an impact on your child. With issues
just like this there is lots of support available.
Children’s centres provide lots of baby sessions, parenting
support courses as well as health sessions and check-ups. The council’s family
learning service also provides lots of classes for parents and children to
learn together. The council also provide training and support around
relationships issues that can have an impact on children and has hundreds of
trained relationship champions across the borough working in children’s
centres, housing and health.
In Rochdale a detailed neglect strategy has been agreed to
ensure professionals in all agencies respond as effectively as possible to
If you or someone you know is in
need of support as a parent or carer, it’s okay to ask for help. Call
Rochdale’s Early Help and Safeguarding Hub on 0300 303 0440 or visit ourrochdale.org for
information on support available.