Home Start UK


Home-Start South Derbyshire Referral Form

Families accepting the offer of Home-Start support are usually referred by Health Visitors, Children Centre Workers and Social Workers. Other referrals come from various workers in the field of education and from other voluntary and statutory organisations. Increasingly, families themselves are asking Home-Start for support. Anyone can make a referral to Home-Start, having first obtained the permission of the family.

What happens next?
When a referral is received a Home-Start Organiser visits the family at home to discuss the type of support required. A volunteer is then introduced to the family to offer support, friendship and practical help tailored to the needs of the family. The organiser remains in contact throughout the length of support to review the progress being made.

For how long is Home-Start usually involved?

Some families will need to be visited for only a few months, whilst others will need support for much longer. As long as there is a need and at least one child is under five we are happy to be involved.

What about confidentiality?

It is most important that a family can rely on having privacy and respect. A volunteer will not divulge anything that a family discusses on a personal level to anyone except possibly the organiser (during the volunteer’s supervision). If there is a concern regarding the welfare of the child/ren in the family, this would have to be reported accordingly.

How to refer

As explained, referrals come from many sources. The permissison of the family must be obtained before submitting a referral. The link at the top of the page will take you to the referral form.

You can then e-mail the form to tharris@homestartsouthderbyshire.org.uk

Or post to Home-Start South Derbyshire, C/O South Derbyshire Citizens Advice, 114 High Street, Church Gresley, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE11 0HX

* ill health
* disability or special needs
* postnatal illness
* parenting advice

* children’s behavioural problems
* multiple births
* sleeping / feeding problems
* parental stress
* providing effective role-models
* safeguarding children’s welfare
* first time or young parents