Early help means identifying and providing effective early support to children and young people who are at risk of poor outcomes. It includes providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life. It can be provided at any stage in a child or young person's life. Early help can be offered to parents, children or whole families, but the main focus is to improve outcomes for children.
Early help will offer a full range of services and will cover the full spectrum of need in order to ensure that families get the right help at the right time:
- Advice and guidance
- Getting help
- Getting more help
- Getting risk support.
Independent reviews and research have long championed approaches that provide early help for children and their families.
Many Local Authorities are using Family Hubs to deliver Early Help. This link provides some guidance on family hubs.