Early Help is made up of teams, services and partners in the Borough whom work together to support young people and their families The aim is to ensure problems do not escalate to become more acute to the detriment of children and families, by investing in effective community services and multi-agency coordination. Early help is outlined in the “Working Together” guidance on safeguarding.
Early help services can be delivered to parents, children or whole families their main focus is to improve outcomes for children. For example, services may help parents who are living in challenging circumstances provide a safe and loving environment for their child. Or, if a child is displaying risk-taking behaviour, early help practitioners might work with the child and their parents to find out the reasons for the child's behaviour and put strategies in place to help keep them safe.