Early Help refers to the offer of any information, advice or support to children, young people and their families as soon as possible in their lives, or when issues emerge, to help prevent problems from escalating.
Sometimes children and their families might need some extra help, this might come from a range of different organisations, all working together.
An Early Help Assessment is a way of noting down what is going well in your family, what the worries are and what needs to happen to help things improve. Together you will then agree the best way to make this happen; this will be written into a Family Plan.
You might need help in one or more of the following areas:
- School, education or training
- Home and life relationships
- Health and emotional wellbeing
- Work, finances or housing
- Domestic violence or abuse
- Crime or anti-Social behaviour
If you have worries about your family, then ask a professional who’s working with you or your children for an Early Help assessment. Also a professional connected to your family who has concerns may suggest to you that together you do an Early Help Assessment to see how your family can be supported.