Home Link Case Study featured in Scottish Government Social Research


Summary of Community Planning Partnerships' (CPPs) Early Years Change Fund Returns (2012-2015)


http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0050/00505507.pdf            Extract from P 30


Home support/ Outreach:

A small number of CPPs provided detail of spend on

home or outreach services. These included additional support into pre-school home visiting services and outreach and support for parents of vulnerable babies/3 year olds.

Case study:

Midlothian outreach provision

In year 2 of the fund, Midlothian reported that:

The 6 Midlothian Sure Start centres all operate with waiting lists and it was decided to use the monies to employ 2FTE Family Support Workers to deliver outreach work to those families that are on the waiting lists to ensure that they receive services. It has been found that not all families need to attend a centre and often outreach work is sufficient. The waiting lists are more manageable.

In year 3, they reported a major focus on home support:


Home Link Family Support gives children and families a positive start in life by providing

support in their homes in Edinburgh and Midlothian.

Home Link Groupwork:

Provides a range of family support services to establish peer support networks, expand skills, improve confidence and self-esteem with signposting on to parenting programmes and other services.17 families with 39 children engaged with this service.

Home Link Systemic Family Counselling Service:

A unique therapeutic service which recognises a family’s strengths and resources to identify strategies to improve children’s social and emotional development and health outcomes and strengthens the family bond.

29 families with 72 children engaged with this service.

Home Link Family Support:

This service renewed its focus on training befrienders to promote the significant adult role in understanding how to enhance children’s learning and development. Befrienders highlighted the critical role of daily routines such as meal times, homework and bedtime as a vehicle for learning: “every day is a learning day”. Key outcomes are to improve the parent/carer interactions, giving them a deeper understanding of the child’s developmental stages.

68 children from 27 families engaged with this service.

Excellence Award

In 2013 and again in 2015 Befriending Networks awarded Home Link Family Support the highest rating of Excellence in Quality in Befriending

Home Link Young Parents Support Service (started January 2015):

Home visiting support to young vulnerable parents who are 25 and under with a child under 3 years of age, giving a range of practical and emotional support including preparation for pre-birth and post-birth, promoting parenting skills and increasing parenting capacity, improving attachment between parent and child, promoting play and reading (volunteers trained in play@home and PEEP). Expected outcomes include a reduced incidence of children under 3 becoming looked after and improved access by vulnerable parents to mainstream support services in their community. 6 children from 4 families engaged with this service in the initial three months from January to March 2015