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SNAP develop new Early Help support service in Swansea

Following a competitive process, SNAP Cymru are delighted to be working with the City and County of Swansea to provide family support across Swansea. Having delivered the Parent Partnership Service in Swansea for more than 30 years, we look forward to delivering this exciting new service key- working with families across the county, helping children and young people to achieve the best possible in life.

How can we help?

Our Early Help Service provides children and families, with focused support when problems emerge.  The right support at the right time can reduce or prevent specific problems from getting worse, help identify risks and prevent escalation and the necessity of providing more intensive support later on.

We will help 

  • build on the strengths of families to help themselves
  • meet the needs of families to avoid problems becoming more serious
  • ensure the voice and involvement of the child and family is encouraged and valued.

We will work with parents, children, young people and families as a whole, addressing issues that affect the wellbeing of the family as well as the child or young person. We aim to help families find positive ways through those problems to improve coping and build resilience and wellbeing for all.  We offer support at:

Stage 2.  targeted intervention when the needs of the child or young person cannot be met within their setting – i.e. above universal services open to all families, and

Stage 3.  If a child or young person’s needs are more complex or they have multiple needs.

The Early Help service works with children, young people and families where there are indicators of emerging difficulties or additional needs. These needs can include anything that affects the health, development, wellbeing and safety of children and young people, for example:

  • Families where a parent/carer is experiencing mental health difficulties.
  • Children with Additional learning Needs
  • Children and young people experiencing stress and anxiety.
  • Children and young people living with conduct and behaviour disorders.
  • Children who have a caring role for another member of their family (young carers).
  • families who may want parenting support and advice including routine and boundary setting.
  • Support to ensure school attendance.
  • Support with communication and conflict resolution.
  • Support for children who are excluded, with managed moves or at transition.
  • Support for families to communicate and participate fully
  • Understanding their child’s condition and implementing supportive strategies.
  • Key working support for families with children with complex needs
    Support  to step-up or down to appropriate help

How we help

SNAP Cymru’s Early Help team typically offers a range of support services tailored to individual circumstances and needs. Some common services include:

  • Advice and advocacy.
  • Signposting to universal or specialist services.
  • One-to-one practical and emotional support for children, young people or parents.
  • Parenting support.
  • Support to understand rights and entitlements

The Early Help model encourages collaboration between those providing the service and the people using them. We support children, young people and their families to play a key role in prioritising positive change and in shaping their own plan with the aim of improving outcomes and avoiding crises.

How do I request Early Help for a child or family?

The service is available to Swansea families who have children 0 – 19 with emerging or additional learning needs or other barriers to their learning, development or inclusion.

Whilst most referrals are made from professionals families with complex needs can self-refer. A referral form can be downloaded from   

This referral form should be sent to 

Alternatively you can also submit an electronic referral from the SNAP Cymru website    

PLEASE ensure you mark this as a referral for Early Help.

We will acknowledge receipt of your referral and the family will be contacted within 5 working.

Welsh Bac Students from Crickhowel High School hold a SNAP Cymru exhibit in London and visit Parliament

Four Year 10 students from Crickhowell High School had an eventful and exciting start to this week!  Poppy Park, Cerys Williams, Milly Evans and Megan Thomas were First Give winners last term, when Education Minister Kirsty Williams AM, visited to judge the First Give Competition.  As a result, the students were invited to showcase the excellent work they did for their chosen charity, SNAP Cymru.

The celebration event took place in the Mulberry Academy in London, which provided a superb arena for all the exhibitors from Wales and across the UK, to showcase their support for their charities.

After an overnight stay in Pax Lodge, World Guide Association accommodation, the students enjoyed a fantastic trip across London to visit The Houses of Parliament and meet with their local MP, Jane Dodds and share their experiences and information on SNAP Cymru.  Jane very kindly gave them an ‘out of bounds’ tour around the beautiful and impressive, Parliament buildings. It was wonderful for them to meet with Jane and discuss important political issues; the students had plenty of questions for her!  The school are now looking forward to welcoming Jane to Crickhowell High School in the near future.

A huge thanks to all involved in choosing SNAP Cymru as their charity – we were delighted that they rose awareness of our work and that the students had such a wonderful experience.  Thanks also to Carron Goold and other staff at Crickhowell High School for their support.  Well done girls – Diolch yn fawr iawn

GWENT Parent Carer Forums

Are you the parent of a child or young person with Additional learning Needs (ALN)?  Do you want to influence changes in your local area?

Do you want to join a Parent Carer Forum to share your ideas and experiences to work towards better services for children and young people with ALN? 

The local authorities in Blaenau Gwent, Newport, Torfaen, Caerphilly and Monmouthshire are committed to working in partnership with parents to provide the best support for children and young people with additional learning needs and have asked SNAP Cymru to support parents to develop parent carer forums in each area.

The aim of a parent carer forum

Our Parent carer Forum will aim to be a ‘parental voice’ to inform service providers of the needs of children with ALN and their families and to help improve services for children and young people

We will work together in partnership with education departments, health providers, social service departments, recognising each others skills experience and knowledge to highlight where services are working well and challenge when changes and improvements need to be made.  Forums will provide two way communication between parents carers and services in the area.  The forum will provide feedback on services, offer constructive challenge to current services and input into decision making and planning for future services.   

Co-production is an important principle in parent carer participation and can help ensure families play an integral and equal part in the decision-making process and are fully involved in shaping, developing, implementing and evaluating services and systems.

Who can join?

Any parent or carer of a child or young person with additional learning needs living in the area.  As a parent or carers you’ll bring your real-life perspective and experience to the planning and development of the services that families use.   

The forums will be informal. You can dip in and out as time permits at your own pace or become a regular active member and representative of the forum.

Please come and join us for coffee at one of our initial meetings.   We’d love to see you and:

  • >Listen and Share ideas with other parent carers.
  • >Make sure the LA hears what most concerns families like yours
  • >Help shape the Forum and its aims and objectives
  • >For Parent and Carers to submit ideas for agenda items
  • >To act as a consultative and advisory group

We are holding the first meetings over the next two months. If you can come, please email us at: or call/text on:  07508 968670 

Date Time LA Venue
10am-12pm Torfaen
Pontypool Active
Living Centre
Trosnant Street
10am-12pm Newport TBC
6.30-8.30pm Blaenau Gwent General Offices
Steel Works Road
Ebbw Vale
NP23 8UW
10am-12pm Caerphilly Brewers Lodge
Gordon Rd
NP12 1DS
6.30- 8.30pm Monmouthshire Leisure Centre
Welsh St
NP16 5LR