Shropshire Council

Strategies and reports

Shropshire’s Early Help Strategy

We're pleased to be able to publish a refresh of the Early Help Strategy for Shropshire for 2016-2018.

The refresh:

  • Reflects the changes and further developments to systems for identifying, assessing and providing early help and a whole family approach.
  • Takes into consideration transformation of services and ways of working, both in the organisation of children’s services but also of other stakeholders and organisations including business and financial strategies of public services.
  • Takes into account our learning from: understanding of effectiveness, quality assurance and lessons from wider research and learning, including points raised in the Ofsted National Thematic Inspection of Early Help.

Many organisations have had the opportunity to comment on the strategy as it was being updated, and we welcomed their contribution. If you'd like to offer any feedback on the strategy or any other aspects of early help in Shropshire please email

Early Help Communications Plan 2016

Our Communications Plan sets out the framework for delivering effective communications to support the Strengthening Families through Early Help strategy. The framework covers both internal and external communications, on and off line.

Early Help Effectiveness Report April 2015 – March 2016 

Early Help Outcomes Framework

The Early Help Outcomes Framework has been developed by early help stakeholders, and sets out the differences we aim to make as a result of early help. These include outcomes for practitioners/service delivery, as well as for children, young people and parents/carers. This framework forms part of the Early Help Evaluation Framework and will evolve as early help progresses.

Market position statement

We're working with partners to develop early help services for our area. We're keen to involve a wide range of stakeholders in contributing to the future development of commissioning for early help in Shropshire.

It's important that your views as practitioners contribute to and shape this work. As part of the process, we're developing an early help market position statementWe've put together a diagram to simply illustrate the purpose of the statement.

If you'd like to receive a copy of the final early help market position statement, please email your details to

Thank you for taking the time to contribute your views.

Supporting information

Early Help Practitioners’ Survey 2016-17

The annual early help practitioners’ survey is open to all who provide early help. The survey provides a valuable insight into the experiences of practitioners across education, health, social care, the voluntary/community sector and other types of organisation.

The 2016-17 survey results have proved valuable and contain many detailed and constructive comments. The survey findings have been published as both a summary and full report. The findings will be used to inform a number of different activities and they will also feature within the Early Help Effectiveness Report.

Click on the links below to download copies.

Supporting information

Early Help Effectiveness Report 2016 – 2017