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Early Help

The Early Help service provides support to children and their families when problems first emerge. The right Early Help services at the right time can reduce or prevent specific problems from getting worse. Support is available at any point in a child’s life, from pregnancy through to teenage years (or 25 years if a child has a disability).

Support can be provided by a family support worker (FSW) or another professional who you are familiar with. They will visit you in your home to talk to you to gain a better understanding of your needs.

Your FSW will collect your family’s views, including the children and will complete an Early Help assessment that will identify what needs to be done to support you and your family. Your FSW may introduce other professionals to support your family.

Every 6 weeks you will be invited to a planned Team Around Family (TAF) meeting (this may take place at your home) to measure progress or discuss any difficulties; an updated plan will also be produced.

Who Needs Early Help?

Early Help Teams can provide advice and support for the whole family on issues such as:

  • Parenting
  • Teenagers
  • Behaviour
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Domestic abuse
  • Money, benefits and housing
  • Staying safe – outdoors and online
  • Places to go and things to do

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