'Early Help' means providing effective support to children and young people as soon as needs start to be identified, and to bring about change to prevent these from escalating and leading to poor outcomes. Early Help may occur at any point when needs arise, from pregnancy through to the teenage years and at any stage in adulthood.
To find out what support and guidance is available locally on a range of issues, please click on one of the topic sub-headings.
If you know which service can help you can refer directly to them by following the links on the topic pages or by completing a request for service.
This information will also be available in the form of a free App to help signpost professionals to support available. The App can be downloaded by searching for 'B&NES Early Help App' in the Apple or Android App stores. You can also find out information regarding wider services from 1BD Bathnes
Find out more about B&NES Early Help:
- B&NES Early Help Strategy
If a child or young person is at risk of significant harm, use local child protection procedures. For further guidance see child protection procedures or you can make a referral to the Children and Families Assessment and Intervention Team by calling 01225 396312 OR 01225 396313 or the Out of Hours Emergency Duty Team 01454 615165 or by completing the request for service.
You can also use this form to make a referral to the Early Help Panel (EHAP) if a family has multiple and complex issues and you have already completed a CAF (Common Assessment Form) and are unsure of what else to do but they do not meet the threshold for a Social Care intervention. To check the threshold, please see the threshold for assessment document.