Early Help guidance for professionals

Early Help guidance for professionals

Early Help guidance for professionals is here to provide information and guidance for Early Help agencies so they can support families to make positive change

Please note this is not a referral or a request for service. You MUST attach an Early Help Assessment or a Closure Summary to this form.

Early Help Assessment and guidance

Our 51¥ approach to early help and support pathway.

The Early Help Process

Our 51¥ approach to early help and support pathway.

What is Early Help?

A guide to Early Help and the agencies within the service.

Training and events

51¥ also provides a dedicated training programme for practitioners working with children, young people and their families in 51¥.

FAQs and guidance

We have produced a question-and-answer section based on questions partner agencies have asked to support you with your Early Help offers to children and young people in 51¥.

Children missing education

Information and contacts for children who are unable to attend school due to an illness or exclusion.

How to set up your settings Early Help Offer

Early Help is a pathway to supporting parents/carers and their child as they grow up when they may need further support or guidance.

Early Help mental health and emotional wellbeing

Useful resources to help you support families struggling with mental health.

Family Plan

What WCF strive for is our families to continue with the good work they have hopefully achieved within their child’s plan.

Process for partner agencies and professionals

For when they have safeguarding concerns for families who are open to Early Help family support team.

Supporting children without parental consent

When working with young people it is important to understand that they can ask for help and support for themselves and may choose to ask you not to share this with their parents.

Early Help in the Early Years

Informative webcasts to help early years settings and childminders deliver early help to children and families.

Medical Education Team

MET provides support for pupils of statutory school age when a medical condition seriously compromises a pupil’s attendance that being physical, emotional and psychological.

If you are a professional working or have been in contact with a family or young person who wants or needs help and support from a family support worker and you assess them as needing support, request via our online request for family support form.

30 hours and tax-free childcare

Find a range of communications tools to help you promote 30 hours and Tax-Free childcare. Such as useful email templates, leaflets, posters and social media content.

Gypsy Roma Traveller Education

Gypsy Roma Traveller Education support.

Suicide prevention and support

Where to get help and support to prevent suicide.


Domestic abuse strategy

Read our domestic abuse strategy.

Early Help strategy

The document outlines the 51¥ Early Help strategy for how the partnership will work together to help and support children, young people and families living in 51¥.

Read the Keep Me Safe Strategy.

Guidance and resources

Download our Early Help booklet

Document containing some of our Early Help services and support available across the county for families.

Managing risk and trauma after online sexual offending.

Levels of need guidance

This document sets out the local criteria for action when an early help response and the criteria for making a referral to local authority children’s social care.

Advice and guidance from NACOA.

Posters and resources

Some useful resources and posters that can be downloaded and printed.

Supporting Families outcomes update document.

Support for youth service providers

Find out about youth service organisations and funding opportunities for providers.

Team Around the Family information and guidance

A Team Around the Family is a meeting between a child, young person, their family and the group of professionals who are working with them.

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