Working in early help


Early help is about taking action as soon as possible to help families with children to tackle their problems, before they become more difficult to overcome.

Without early help, family problems can become more complex and serious. This can sometimes lead to child safety concerns and the need for statutory children’s social care intervention.

Our 0–19 Early Help Service offers earlier, coordinated and more effective support to whole families when the risks to the children are increasing. This includes:

  • family keyworkers to work in partnership with families over a period of time to address challenges
  • Early Years and parenting support, and
  • youth workers.

To help assess when is the best time to offer support to a family, we use the Continuum of need.