Early Help is taking action early to provide support where problems are emerging for children, young people and their families.
Early help support may be provided at any point in a child or young person’s life. The sooner the family receives the support, the sooner they are able to improve their situation and prevent the need for prolonged support.
Early Help is here to find out what is working well for families and what areas they might be worried about; it can help to build on families’ strengths and identify any needs where support might be needed. It is an approach that brings people together from different teams and services who work together with the whole family. The main focus is to improve outcomes for children.
Early Help is not social services. It is putting you in touch with the right services to help or personalising a school approach or system for a child in our care.
The type of things that Early Help can support you with include:
Early Help can give you the tools & support to solve challenges or problems you are experiencing with help from others where needed.
As children spend a lot of time at school, staff may notice a need for support and suggest Early Help to you. This is done with your consent and a member of staff will help you with the process.
However, you can ask for support yourself.
You can talk with someone who you’re familiar with - a teacher, health professional or support worker who might be able to help.
You can also contact your local Family Connect who will be able to provide lots of advice around Early Help and how it might be able to support you.