Early Help is a way of thinking and working together between services with families that have additional or more complex needs.
View the video below for an animation of the Early Help Service:
Early help is preventative, by providing support to families when a need is identified or as soon as a problem emerges at any point in a child’s life, from conception, through childhood and into adolescence. It can also prevent further problems arising by building resilience with families to find their own solutions in the future.
It should not be seen as a specific service, but any service, and crucially how services work collectively through tailored support packages for specific needs in individual families.
- Report a concern about a child or enquire about early help
- When might a family need Early Help?
- Who is Early Help and why is it important?
- How do we respond when needs are identified?
- Lead Practitioner responsibilities and support
- Family Hubs, Families Information Service and access to services
- DCST Early Help Guide for Families
- Download (3.15MB - PDF)
- Early Help Strategy Revised 2017 to 2020 Final with Action Plan
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- Procedures to notify GPs of a EHA, TAF or CIN
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- Letter to GP (EHA and TAF) (5)
- Download (52KB - DOCX)
- Early Help newsletter 2017
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- 013262 DCST Guide to Early Help A2 Posters V2
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- Early Help Handbook Revised August 2018 version
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