What is Early Help?
Early Help means getting additional, timely and effective support to children, young people and families who need it. It aims to enable children to flourish and to prevent costly, long term and negative outcomes.
Early Help can refer to support in the critical early years of a child’s life (including pre-birth and pregnancy), but can cover any age when difficulties begin to emerge. This approach enables interventions to take place before critical thresholds are crossed, and pathways become much more irreversible for young people.
Early Help aims to significantly improve the outcomes for children, young people and families. In order to do this, it relies on local agencies working together to identify and assess individual needs, and provide targeted support for these.