Early Help

What is Early Help?

Whilst most children and young people do well and manage difficulties throughout their lives, some have important disadvantages that can become serious.  Early Help is about identifying children and young people earlier who may need help and support with issues before things reach crisis point.  It’s better to identify and deal with concerns earlier rather than respond when difficulties have become more complex, acute and require action by statutory or more intense services.

In Wakefield, the people who work with children and young people are working together with children, parents and families to provide the right help at the right time.  The Wakefield partners have produced an Early Help Strategy, a way of working together to deliver early and focused help for children and young people up to the age of 19 years old (in some cases 25 years old).

Early help refers to:

  • Help in the early years of a child’s life, and
  • help throughout a child’s, young person’s and family’s life.

The aim is to stop concerns from growing or becoming a longer term problem.

Further information on specific aspects of Early Help can be accessed from the following pages:

Resources and evidence

  • Early Help in Wakefield District – more information can be accessed here
  • Wakefield Early Help Strategy – can be accessed here
  • Early Help website – can be accessed here