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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.

FIS -Family Information Service

FIS provides a wide range of advice on family support, education, childcare and activiities. They have a directory website for local services and national support agency information. the local offer is a source of information on services for children and young people between the age of 0-25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families. 

T : 01452 427 362
E :


Targeted Support  


​Many families will face difficulties at some point and some families will have multiple and complex needs. The belief is for the family’s capacity to succeed the right support and motivation is needed to achieve positive sustainable change.  


Families first  


Families first can help with keeping your family safe and well, parenting, education, difficult life events, moving towards employment, creating new opportunities, housing, antisocial behaviours and crime. 


Families First team Gloucester 01452 328071 email and  


Families sometimes need help when things are difficult ,people who are important to you may be able to help. A family group conference gives you a chance to get together with close family and friends to come up with a plan to make things better. This is a voluntary meeting; a meeting of your choice and you can choose to have the meeting at any time.  

A lead professional will need to make a referral to the FGC team 


Telephone number 01452 532353 or email 


Triple P 


Triple P – positive parenting program suggest simple routines and small changes that can make a difference to your family. It helps you understand the way your family works and uses the things you already say, think, feel and do in ways to create a stable supportive family, encouraging behaviours you like, build positive relations, plan ahead and avoid or manage potentially difficult situations, deal with teenagers emotional behaviour and take care of yourself as a parent. ( socialcare/childrenyoungpeopleandfamilies/Earlyhelpandtargetsupport)


Telephone 01452427362 or 0800 5420202 or register on the website  



Locality Email /Telephone



Forest Of Dean01452328048            




The graduated pathway SEND - My Plan/My Plan+ can be found on

Reviewed August 2022

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