What is Early Help?
Early Help is the support we offer to potentially vulnerable children, young people and their families.
The purpose of Early Help is to put in the right support at the right time so that problems are less likely to escalate to a point where the child becomes vulnerable or in need. Early Help is sustainable so that problems are less likely to re-occur.
Early Help does not always mean early years. While research does show that most impact can be made in those crucial first few years of a child’s life, Early Help can be needed and put in place at any time and at any age.
All children, young people and families in Warwickshire are entitled to receive Early Help. This means offering information, advice, guidance, and support to families as soon as a concern emerges, or seems likely to emerge.
This is not an additional responsibility for practitioners but an essential part of the ‘day job’ for all people working with children and families.
Early Help (Pathway to Change plan) Training
The Early Help Training is a free 2 and a half hour course delivered virtually by Targeted Support Officers. The course focuses on the ethos and process of how to complete an Early Help Pathway to Change plan. It is delivered monthly by locality area and is open for any practitioner working with Children & Families. Practitioners are encouraged to join their locality session.
For dates and to reserve your place please download the Children & Families and Education Services Safeguarding Programme from the Safeguarding Warwickshire website.
- Warwickshire's Early Help Approach (PDF, 731 KB)
- Warwickshire Early Help Strategy 2018-2023 (PDF, 4.29 MB)
- Information leaflet for parents (PDF, 380 KB)
- Family Information Service referral form (DOCX, 88 KB)
- Warwickshire’s Early Help Toolkit for Practitioners (PDF, 1.2MB)
- Spectrum of Support Brochure (PDF, 1.3 MB)