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Early help for children, young people and families

Early help is about children, young people and families getting the right help at the right time, before issues get worse.

All children receive Universal Services however some children will need extra support in order to be healthy, safe and to achieve their potential.

Early help is about providing the right support to potentially vulnerable children, young people and their families as soon as problems emerge or when it is very likely that there will be problems in the future. It is also about providing support at all stages of a child's life; pre-birth, during pregnancy, childhood or adolescence.

The purpose of early help is to prevent issues and problems becoming serious and harmful to the child, young person, family and community. When families need this extra support, they need it quickly.

To achieve this we are working with partners to develop our early help approach.

Early help in Gloucestershire

In Gloucestershire, we believe that families are best supported by those who are already working with them, with additional support from local partners arranged as needed.

When children and families need additional support, a coordinated multi-disciplinary approach is usually best.

When families -and professionals who are helping them - need more support, this can be requested from Early Help Partnerships.

The Early Help practitioners include:

  • Early Help Co-ordinators who provide support for practitioners who are working with children and families to meet their needs through the Graduated Pathway

  • Community Social Workers work with organisations to provide a social work perspective on families they are supporting. This supports practitioners to ensure families receive the right level of support and act as a link between Children’s Social Care and the community

  • Early Help Partnership Managers support partnership work between organisations in communities to support the development of resources available to children and families. They attend District Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) to make sure there is a focus on Early Help for vulnerable families alongside wider community safety concerns.

  • (https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/children-young-people-and-families/early-help-and-targeted-support/early-help-advice-guidance-and-support/early-help-advice-guidance-and-support/

Locality Email /Telephone



Forest Of Dean01452328048forestofdeanearlyhelp@gloucestershire.gov.uk




The graduated pathway SEND - My Plan/My Plan+ can be found on https://www.glosfamiliesdirectory.org.uk

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