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 September 2020
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.
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.
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. There is an early help assessment and planning tool. Also some organisations use the Family Outcome Star.
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.