Early Help is the identification of, and response to, emerging problems for children, young people and their families. It is a way of working that supports families, children and young people to overcome difficulties and build their resilience so that problems do not escalate. Supporting children and families to thrive, live and engage happily in their communities.
Effective delivery of Early Help is based on a clear understanding of local needs and appreciation of local conditions influencing the lives of children, young people and their families. Schools and locally based professionals contribute to the development of a rich local Early Help offer; working across domains of health, education, community safety and the voluntary sector.
Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Partnership has developed policies, procedures and guidance to support all professionals to provide Early Help. This includes the Early Help Assessment (EHA) and Team Around the Family (TAF) processes. They provide support for schools to initiate their Early Help work; Early Help advisors and youth and community engagement workers can provide local support to connect with community based services.
If a child’s needs require a more targeted support package then schools can complete the online request for support form with Starting Point. This request will be triaged and a decision will made on how best to support the child and family.
Teams across the county focus on:
- 0-5 year olds including a children’s centre offer helping families with bonding and attachment during pregnancy and infancy, development milestones including speech and language and school readiness.
- Family and youth support, providing parenting support in groups or at home and targeted youth groups in community settings.