Early help: guidance for professionals

Providing early help is more effective in promoting the welfare of children than reacting later.

About early help

According to Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018:

"Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child's life, from the foundation years through to the teenage years. Early help can also prevent further problems arising."

Early help is one of our priorities and is overseen by the Early Help Strategic Board chaired by Ian Dodds, Director of Children's Services.  

For more information, read our Early help strategy.

Resilience networks 

Local early help includes resilience networks. Launched in January 2021 for multiagency professionals to attend with any low level concerns regarding a child or young person they are working with.  

Meetings are held virtually, monthly for each borough, organised by the age group of the child.  
Bookings are via the AfC's learning portal.

If you require any support with booking a place, contact Claire.Grayson@achievingforchildren.org.uk