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Early Help

Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC)

On this page you will be able to find out more about Early Help.

We work with parents, children, young people and alongside our partners in the wider Early Help community.

Page reviewed January 2022

What is Early Help?

Early Help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life, pre-birth through to the teenage years. Early Help can also prevent further problems from arising.

Who should offer Early Help?

As with safeguarding, Early Help is everyone’s responsibility.  As a basic principle, the first person to offer support to a child or young person and their family should be the practitioner identifying the issue, for example, this might be someone at your child’s school or a medical professional who you feel you can trust.

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 sets out that in order for Early Help to be effective all local organisations should work together to identify children and families who would benefit from early help and undertake assessments of the need for Early Help. If you would like an Early Help assessment you can ask the practitioner you identify to do one with you. 

If you are concerned that a child is being abused or at risk of harm you should contact Children's Single Point of Access.

The Children's Single Point of Access will determine if a child needs safeguarding and advise on the LSCB threshold of need and early help arrangements.

Who to contact?

To discuss the early help assessment and gain a better understanding of how having one might help you and your family, please contact the One Reading Children and Young People’s Partnership at or on 0118 937 4731.

Website: Early help and prevention services - Brighter Futures For Children