When might a family need Early Help?

Examples of when a family might need Early Help might include, but are not limited to:

  • A family that needs help beyond that of your service
  • A significant change or worrying feature in a child’s appearance, demeanour, behaviour or health has been observed.
  • A significant event in a child’s life has occurred, or where there are worries about the parents or home.
  • A child, parent or another practitioner has raised a concern or requested an assessment
  • Parental substance misuse, domestic violence, physical or mental health issues or criminality
  • A child’s missing developmental milestones or slower progress than expected in their learning
  • A child’s health concerns including disability, physical or mental ill health, regularly missing medical appointments or a sudden change in the child’s health
  • A child presenting challenging or aggressive behaviours, misusing substances or committing offences
  • A child undertaking caring responsibilities
  • A bereavement or a child or parent experiencing family breakdown
  • A child who is bullied or is bullying
  • Child or parental disadvantage for reasons such as race, gender, sexuality, religious belief or disability
  • Parent, child or family homeless or being threatened with eviction, and families or people under 18 living in temporary accommodation
  • Becoming a teenage mother or father
  • A child of teenage parents
  • A child not being ready to make the transition to post-16 services
  • Persistent absence from school or risk of permanent exclusion
Last updated: 15 September 2017 16:06:35