Early Help Approach
Early Help means doing something to help to stop a difficulty or a problem from getting worse.
The Early Help Approach is there to identify and describe the needs and strengths of a child or young person and their family, ensuring they get the right help at the right time.
Who to contact
Where to go
- The Bridge
Le Geyt Road
- JE2 4NT
Time / Date Details
- Time of day
- Session Information
Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5pm
- Referral required
- Referral Details
If you are interested in finding out more you can speak with a professional already supporting your child or contact the Early Help Manager
- Other notes
When should the Early Help Approach be used?
Early Help is used when a child, young person or family could benefit from extra support. You may have asked for extra support or an agency working with your family may suggest extra help. The sooner an Early Help Assessment is started the quicker you, your child and the agencies working with you can explore how best to support your child and family.
Who gets involved?
Those who can offer you the best support, such as your GP, Health Visitor, Child and Family Centre Worker, Youth Worker or any other agency person who work with you and your child or young person.
What happens next?
An Early Help Assessment will be completed by you, your child, family and any other agency working with you. Many families feel that this is an opportunity to share their story and really feel listened to. During the meeting a plan is put together. It will include the support that is being offered and will help you, your child and the agencies working with you, know who is going to do what and when. A lead worker will also be agreed.
Is it confidential?
As a rule, the information you provide will only be shared with people with your consent. There may though, be certain times when people working with you may need to share information. For example:
· if a child or adult may be at risk of harm
· to prevent a serious crime
Where possible, this would be discussed with you before hand.
What are the benefits?
The benefits of the Early Help Approach are:
- A joined up approach to helping your family
- An assessment that can be shared with all services, meaning you don’t have to keep giving the same information or telling your story to everyone you meet
- A lead worker keeping you informed at each step of the way and answering any questions you need to know
- An assessment which is about your child and family and what you identify needs support
- All workers are checking regularly if what they are doing is helping with the problem or difficulty that your family was experiencing