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Early Help Services

The sooner a family receives the right support, the sooner they are able to improve their situation and prevent the need for prolonged support.

Support starts with universal services, such as the school, the health service and the police. Families needing additional support will receive the next level.

A ‘whole family’ approach ensures that children’s needs and welfare are being met and maintained as well as those of the family. This is done by working with the family, local communities and others already supporting them.

Early help also includes parents-to-be and very young children where:

  • Their needs are not being met by routine or ‘universal’ services
  • They do not meet thresholds for statutory interventions.

Supporting document:

Partnership Families Strategic Plan 2020