Who is Early Help and why is it important?

Early Help

Supporting Families

Early help is not a service but a way or thinking and working. It is a collaborative approach between services with families that provides support as soon as a need is identified. 

Working Together 2023 tells us “Effective early help relies upon local organisation and agencies working together to:

  • Identify children and families who would benefit from early help
  • Undertake an assessment of the need for early help
  • Provide targeted early help services to address the assessed needs of a child and their family, which focuses on activity to improve the outcomes for the child. 

In Doncaster, we want Early Help to be a priority for all. The vision is supported by 9 key commitments that have been embodied across the partnership:

9 committments

To support everyone to identify, assess and provide early help our Early Help Coordinators are on hand. See our professionals Early Help Lead Practitioner Responsibilities an Support.