In North Somerset we believe that all children and young people should be enabled to reach their fullest potential as individuals, learners and citizens.
Early Help plays a key part in achieving this vision by providing:
- interventions early in life (with young children, including pre-natal interventions)
- interventions early in the development of a problem (with children or young people of any age)
- interventions that support children and families where life is feeling difficult for a range of reasons in order to protect them from developing problems or to reduce the severity of problems that have started to emerge
Early Help is available for children and young people up to the age of 18 and their families who may need extra support. Early Help is entirely voluntary, so if you don’t think it is right for your child, then you don’t have to consent to Early Help.
Early Help support may include parenting, education, employment, healthy living and emotional wellbeing, managing finances, as well as preventing anti-social behavior. This support can be provided at lots of different places and by different people.
We believe that children and families should be heard when they first ask for help to reduce adverse experiences for them. For many children and families, their needs will be met through services available within their everyday routines such as Schools, Colleges, Health or Children’s Centre’s. These services can be accessed directly, without a referral. If you need additional support you can talk to a professional who knows your family already.
Children’s Centre’s provide a range of services for families with children under five. For children and young people aged 0 to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities, you can also have a look at the SEND Local Offer.
Schools and Colleges apart from education provide a range of services for families over 5, please ask your child’s school for their Early Help Offer.
All school and college staff should be prepared to identify children who may benefit from early help. 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 (Keeping children safe in education, Statutory guidance for schools and colleges, 2016)
Health Visiting Teams provide a range of universal and targeted services for families under 5.
Voluntary Organisations also provide Early Help support in liaison with universal services.
You can search the directory to find help and information about:
- Health and wellbeing
- Education and attainment
- Employment and training
- Family Support
- Crime and Anti social behaviour
- Domestic violence
- And much more...
For more information phone:
Early Help Advice: Tel: 01934 426 329
Where a child appears to be at risk please contact the Single Point of Access (SPA) on 01275 888 808