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Children young people and families

Children, young people and families

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.

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

Early Help support may include parenting, education, employment, healthy living, emotional wellbeing, managing finances and helping to prevent anti-social behaviour. 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.

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

You can use the filter for Early Help in the left hand menu of the online directory.