What is Early Help?
Early help services can be delivered to parents, children or whole families, but their main focus is to improve outcomes for children. Services may help parents who are living in challenging circumstances provide a safe and loving environment for their child.
Providing timely support is vital. Addressing a child or family’s needs early on can reduce risk factors and increase protective factors in a child’s life.
Protective factors can reduce risk to a child’s wellbeing. They include:
- developing strong social and emotional skills
- having a strong social support network for the family – including support
- for good parental mental health
- income support, benefits and advice
- good community services and facilities
We offer support in school to help parents and carers who are struggling with issues such as debt, parenting, substance misuse, mental health issues, poor housing and domestic abuse.
We do this through:
- offering advice directly from our Family Support Worker (P4YP)
- connecting you with agencies that offer support such as foodbanks, debt management and counselling following domestic abuse
- signposting you to organisations that may be able to help such as Relate, Building Sound Minds and CAHMs
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