Additional Support - Level 2
Children and Young People
- Occasional absence or truancy from school
- Potential of becoming NEET
- Missing or absence from home
- Young person presents with low level indicators from the Child Sexual Exploitation Tool Kit (PDF, 563.6 KB)
- Use of fixed term exclusions
- Poor attachments
- Child is a young carer
- Child is teenage parent
- Concerns about reaching developmental milestones
- Language or communication difficulties
- Has a diagnosed disability or sensory impairment
- Child is associating with peers who are involved in crime or anti-social behaviours
- Low level drug or alcohol use impacting negatively
- Low level mental health or emotional issues or self harm - read more about self harm
- Child expressing thoughts of ‘running away’
- Disruptive or challenging behavioural difficulties
- Low level offending or anti-social behaviours – at risk of entering Youth Justice System
- Some evidence of risky use of technology or online safety concerns - read more about online safety
Parents and Carers
- Families affected by poverty affecting their access to appropriate services/affecting the child’s development
- Parents or carers struggle to meet child’s needs, or they place their own needs above the needs of the child
- Parent or carers health including physical/mental/learning disability or substance misuse, impacts negatively on the child’s health or development
- Parents or carers struggle to manage child’s behaviours
- Poor engagement with Universal Services likely to impact on child’s health or development
- Poor supervision provided by parents or carers
- Parents or carers require support to understand child’s disability or sensory impairment and strategies to manage
Family and Environment
- Low level drug and/or alcohol misuse
- Low level offending or anti-social behaviours – parents or carers at risk of entering the Criminal Justice System
- Low level or emerging neglect
- Parent was a Child in Care
- Child is affected by difficult family relationships
- Housing in poor state of repair impacting on child’s health or development or serious level of overcrowding
- Low level domestic abuse present in the family home
Support and Next Steps
To support a child or family at level 2:
- Discuss any concerns with the family and agree what action is needed and where the family would like to receive support from
- Signpost the family or contact the service direct
- Ensure you have 'agreement to engage' before taking any action.
- Use all your in-house resources before considering involving another agency.
- Check online for other services you can contact locally for support.
- Next steps will depend upon the type of support required. Firstly speak to the family about whom or which services are already involved with the children/family. With agreement other options available may include:
- The child’s school
- A local group or charity
- Your local district council
- The School Health Team - read more about emotional wellbeing and school heath.
- Your local youth hub
- Your local children’s centre.
If you feel the needs of the family sit below Support Levels 3 or 4, and you would have previously considered completing an Early Help Notification, please feel free to contact your local Early Help Team for a District Conversation on the contact details below. Your request for advice will be responded to within 2 working days by an Early Help Manager and you will then be able to discuss the needs of a child, young person or family and be provided with advice about the most appropriate type of support available within the community at Support Levels 1 and 2.
To find the contact details for your nearest Early Help team please click here.
If you think the child needs additional support read about level 3 - intensive support.