What is EnHance?

Shropshire Local Authority commissions YSS to deliver EnHance to provide targeted early help support for children, young people and their families. EnHance keyworkers are co-located with partner agencies around Shropshire. The aim of the EnHance Service is to improve outcomes for children and young people aged 0 -19 years by ensuring that they and their families receive appropriate support at the earliest opportunity.

How does EnHance work?

EnHance is part of Local Authority Targeted Early Help Support for children, young people and their families.               

Once a child or young person has been referred to the project with the parent or parents consent a keyworker from the EnHance team works with the family to assess the issues and draw up an action plan.

The amount of time spent with each family is dictated by need, but we aim to have at least one face to face meeting per week with either a child or parent, backed up by skype or facetime, or telephone, text or email support as required. We remain involved with the family until issues are resolved. The EnHance team work in local communities, meeting at times and places that families feel comfortable with. This might be in the home, school, or at local community venues.

How does EnHance help?

EnHance has been developed to fully integrate into the overall Shropshire early help offer and aims to provide a flexible service, using a variety of interventions, to build resilience in children, young people aged 0 -19 and their families. The service offers a wide range of targeted and focused interventions that can be measured in terms of effectiveness, impact and outcomes.

Most support is delivered on a one-to-one basis in the local community (including home visits), at flexible times, to meet identified needs. The work is carried out by keyworkers. Group work and other methods of service delivery are also available where appropriate.

What difference does EnHance make?

EnHance offers a wide range of support, with 91% of service users reporting positive outcomes. These outcomes might include improved behaviour and engagement with school, improved family relationships and communication, or improved confidence in parenting.

It has been good to talk about my relationships and how I feel. I've now got friends who come to my house to walk to school with me. I still get cross with mum but I don't let it get to me as much.

Child receiving support from EnHance

I've changed the way I am with him. When he gets into a temper I don't raise my voice. I talk quietly or even back off, and it has worked. Things don't get worse, they calm down much more quickly. Thank you EnHance. 

Parent receiving support from EnHance

To read a case study please click here.

For a professional to make a referral 

EnHance does not have a self-referral system. Referrals are received through a professional, such as a teacher or doctor, or via one of the Shropshire Social Service agencies. 

How to make a referral to EnHance: 

1.Gain consent – complete  the Shropshire Strengthening Family through Early Help consent form (see the Information briefing Sheet for Parents that explains why and how  information is held, found here: www.shropshire.gov.uk/early-help)

2.Identify emerging needs – complete the Whole Family Webstar Assessment and Whole Family Action Plan (you may not be able to fully complete these and can request contributions from other practitioners involved)

3.Complete  on ECINS as a task  from the action  plan: Request for Intervention.

4.For non ECINS users - complete a  Request for Intervention form, together  with the Strengthening Families consent form, the Whole Family  webstar assessment  and Whole Family action plan to the address provided on the form.

The Whole Family Webstar Assessment and Whole Family Action Plan are available to complete through ECINS.  The forms are  also available on www.shropshire.gov.uk/early-help (If you’re not yet signed up to ECINS, please contact [email protected])

Please also see the website www.shropshire.gov.uk/early-help  for information and guidance and to download tools and resources.