Early Help

Every family has its ups and downs. Being a parent is hard work and there are no instructions.  Sometimes, you or your children may need extra support. This may be before your children are born, when they are very young, or throughout their school years. 

There is no shame in asking for help. We are here for you.

Early Help is a programme that helps you recognise what's going well for you. It will help you see where you might need extra support. We will work with you to find the best person to work with you and your family to make this happen.

Who can use the service

Early Help is available for children and young people up to the age of 18 and their families. It is entirely voluntary, so if you don't think it is right for your child, then you don't have to take part.

Support can be provided in different places and by different people.

Many families will be able to get the support they need at places within their everyday routines such as schools, colleges, health or children’s centres. If you need additional support you can talk to a professional who knows your family already.

Some voluntary organisations also provide Early Help support.

How to sign up

Services can be accessed directly via universal services, without a referral.

You can search our online directory to find help and information about:

  • parenting classes
  • health and wellbeing
  • education and attainment
  • employment and training
  • family support
  • crime and anti social behaviour
  • domestic violence