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Safeguarding & Child Protection

early help

What is Early Help?

Early Help is any additional support that a family may need, to prevent concerns escalating and to try and prevent a family hitting crisis point and needing statutory services to become involved.

This Early Help can be provided by a number of different professionals/agencies and is an opportunity to support a family at the right time for them. Early Help is not a service in its own right, it is a way of multi-agency working to support a family.

This multiagency working identifies the most appropriate professional to act as lead professional for the family and to coordinate the package of support for the family to address identified needs.

Early Help can be offered as part of a step down of services from Social Care. Social Care will undertake the assessment on R4C and hold the 1st TAF meeting, where a lead professional will be identified to carry on the support moving forward.