Early Help

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What is Early Help?

Early help refers to the offer of any information, advice or support to children, young people and their families as soon as possible in their lives, or when issues emerge, to help prevent problems from escalating.

Early help, also known as early intevention, can be provided at any stage in a child or young person's life.

Providing timely support is vital. Addressing a child or family's needs early on can reduce risk factors and increase protective factors in a child's life.

Protective factors can reduce risk to a child's wellbeing. They include:

  • developing strong social and emotional skills
  • having a strong social support network for the family – including support
  • for good parental mental health
  • income support, benefits and advice
  • good community services and facilities

At Thelwall Infant School and Nursery these are the ways we may be able to support you:

  • Sign posting to services offered in Warrington such as Children's centres, Play and sensory centres, youth services, family support services. More information on what is on offer can be found by clicking here
  • Referrals  to outside agencies such as the School Health Advisor, Family Outreach Team, Parent Courses.
  • Completing an Early Help Assessment (EHA) - an EHA involves listening to you to find out what help you need and talking about what is working well in your life. Based on what you say and what help you would like, a plan is formulated so that professionals can work together to make sure you get the right sort of help.
  • Hold family support meetings – When families are being supported by school and other agencies, such as a family support worker, we can host family support meetings at school, inviting the relevant agencies so that we can all work together to give you and your family the support you need.
  • Support to complete forms and other paperwork.

More information on what is on offer can be found by clicking here