LEAP Referral guide for local practitioners

With more than 30 services available to LEAP families and practitioners, awareness and understanding of what’s offered is key to improving access and uptake.

With more than 30 services available to LEAP families and practitioners, awareness and understanding of what’s offered is key to improving access and uptake.

How it helps

To that end we’ve published our LEAP Referral guide for local practitioners. This accessible booklet helps practitioners:

  • become familiar with LEAP’s suite of services;
  • understand the aims and core content of each service and identify families who will benefit most;
  • make referrals by directly contacting the relevant delivery team.

How it works

The Referral guide divides services by outcome area (social and emotional development; diet and nutrition; and communication and language) but also by type of support (Staying well during pregnancy; Getting ready for baby;  Giving your child a healthy start; Enjoying quality parent-infant time; Supporting early language and communication; Connecting with other local parents; Improving early years services; Managing wider stresses).

The aims

The purpose here is to help make the process of matching family needs or concerns with services as straightforward as possible. We’ve  circulated the Referral guide throughout the local early years system including to all staff delivering LEAP-funded work, midwives, health visitors, GPs, children’s centre staff, leadership teams in childcare settings, and community organisations.   

We produced the Referral guide for three linked reasons. First, local LEAP and non-LEAP practitioners told us they needed key information relating to every LEAP service in one place as an easy-to-use reference guide. The whole workforce team discussed and clarified the exact need at a Service Providers event, explaining that they have contact with lots of families every single day, that they must be able to immediately see the range of support available, and efficiently pass on accurate service details or make referral recommendations. Gathering this feedback en masse informed material (print) and format (by outcome and type of support).

Second, we believe greater positive impact for children and families will be possible where LEAP’s services work in conjunction, building on one another and creating the conditions for each other’s success. This is why we monitor referrals between LEAP services and create regular opportunities for services to discuss their work together. The Referral guide is another tool to promote cross-programme-working.

Third, LEAP’s services must work with and complement mainstream provision, creating integrated and enhanced service pathways. By making the Referral guide available to midwives, health visitors, GPs, children’s centres, and childcare settings, we can start to embed LEAP services within existing care pathways.

What next?

We’ll consult with practitioners about how or whether they are making use of the Referral guide, and continue to monitor referral flows into, out of, and across our services. By doing this, we’ll be able to adjust the Guide going forward so that it best meets the needs of local practitioners.

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