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What is Early Help?

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Early help, also known as early intervention, is support available for families when a challenge first arises. Accessing support is always voluntary and it aims to help you develop strategies and strengths to help you resolve difficulties. Reaching out for help at the earliest opportunity will often prevent any difficulties becoming something bigger.

Parenting and family life is hard for everyone, and support can be required at any stage in a child’s life, from pre-birth to adolescence.

When might I look for early help?

  • Difficult family relationships – parental conflict, domestic abuse, aggression from children
  • Bereavement
  • Caring for a disabled family member
  • Mental or physical health problems for any family member
  • Parenting support
  • Bullying
  • Risk of exploitation
  • Substance misuse

What early help support can I get?

  • Relationship support
  • Activity groups for adults and children
  • Peer support
  • Parenting courses
  • Specialist help such as speech & language, family support, therapy, counselling, debt advice, housing support

Who can provide early help support?

  • Local and national charities and organisations
  • Health services
  • Schools
  • Wirral Council teams

You can look for this help yourself – the Family Toolbox website lets you search for services which might be able to help and includes tools you can try, people who can help, and places you can go. Family Toolbox gives you options and lets you choose the support you would like.

If you need any help finding what you are looking for or would just like to talk something through, please use the Contact us option to send us a message. One of our friendly team will then get in touch to have a chat and help you find the best people and places that could support you.

You can speak with any professional you trust such as a health visitor, school nurse, GP, teacher, housing support officer, nursery practitioner, SENCO or your Family Toolbox team. Together we will make sure that children, young people and their families are safe, happy and ready for school, work and life’s challenges.

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