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Providing early help

Early Help is a term coined by Professor Eileen Munro in her 2011 review of child protection. It refers to support for children and families at the earliest possible stage in their lives to prevent problems becoming worse.

The Early Help Locality Teams bring together practitioners from; Family Recovery Programme, Targeted Family Support, Families for Change, Youth Offending, Integrated Youth Support Service, Children’s Centre’s and Education Welfare Officers.

For more information on the services and support available regarding the Early Help Offer please visit the council website.

Find out more about Early Help

If you need to talk things through, you can contact the Early Help Triage Team, prior to submitting a Request for Support Form.

Contact the team for a discussion on

Telephone: 01709 334905

To ensure partners access early help support swiftly, there is an Early Help Request for Support Form.

Complete the Request for Support form

This form replaces all other referral forms for the above services.

The right Early Help services at the right time can reduce or prevent specific problems from getting worse and at the same time reduce the demands upon specialist and higher tier services.

For those children and families who may have multiple needs, a coordinated Early Help offer will provide support and expertise. Building on a One Family, One Worker, One Plan principle, the Early Help Assessment, will ensure children and families receive the support they need.