Early Help in Dudley is overseen by the Children and Young People’s Alliance Board. The Early Help Strategy sets out the vision for Early Help in Dudley and was endorsed by the board in September 2016. A revised Early Help Strategy was launched April 2018.
What is Early Help?
Early Help is taking action early to provide support where problems are emerging for children, young people and their families. Early help support may be provided at any point in a child or young person’s life. The sooner the family receives the support, the sooner they are able to improve their situation and prevent the need for prolonged support.
Early Help is here to find out what is working well for families and what areas they might be worried about; it can help to build on families’ strengths and identify any needs where support might be needed. It is an approach that brings people together from different teams and services who work together with the whole family. The main focus is to improve outcomes for children.
Why would I need Early Help?
The type of things that Early Help can support you with include:
- Worries about your child’s health development or behaviour
- You might be worried about how they are doing at school
- You might have worries about money or housing and how that is affecting you
- Your child and family may be affected by domestic abuse, drugs, alcohol, ill health or crime
Early Help can give you the tools to solve challenges or problems you are experiencing with help from others where needed.
Who do I ask for help?
You can talk with someone who you’re familiar with - a teacher, health professional or support worker who might be able to help.
You can also contact your local Family Centre and ask to speak to a Duty Worker who will be able to provide lots of advice around Early Help and how it might be able to support you.