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Early Help - for practitioners and for families

“Early help -Providing early help is more effective in promoting the welfare of children than reacting later. Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life, from the foundation years through to the teenage years. Early help can also prevent further problems arising; for example, if it is provided as part of a support plan where a child has returned home to their family from care, or in families where there are emerging parental mental health issues or drug and alcohol misuse.  Effective early help relies upon local organisations and agencies working together to: • identify children and families who would benefit from early help • undertake an assessment of the need for early help • provide targeted early help services to address the assessed needs of a child and their family which focuses on activity to improve the outcomes for the child. Local authorities, under section 10 of the Children Act 2004, have a responsibility to promote inter-agency co-operation to improve the welfare of all children.” (Extracted from Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018)                                                   

Early Help in Slough is about identifying the needs of children and families at an early stage to prevent problems escalating, and empowering families to seek and accept tailored, coordinated support that improves the lives of individual children, young people and whole families.