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Early help for children, young people and families

July 2017

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 additiononal support from local partners arranged as needed.

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

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


There are six Early Help across Gloucestershire and each have an allocations Group who decide the help that's needed and other advice, guidance and support.

These groups are supported by Families First Plus teams in each District.

Central to this approach are an Early Help Assessment and a Lead Professional who works closely with the child and family to ensure they receive all the support they require.

For more information please contact your local Families First Plus team:

Locality Email Telephone

Cheltenham cheltenhamearlyhelp@gloucestershire.gov.uk 01452 328160

Cotswolds cotswoldsearlyhelp@gloucestershire.gov.uk 01452 328101

Forest of Dean forestofdeanearlyhelp@gloucestershire.gov.uk 01452 328048

Gloucester gloucesterearlyhelp@gloucestershire.gov.uk 01452 328076

Stroud stroudearlyhelp@gloucestershire.gov.uk 01452 328130

Tewkesbury tewkesburyearlyhelp@gloucestershire.gov.uk 01452 328250

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