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Early Help

We work with parents, children, young people and alongside our partners in the wider Early Help community.

Reading Early Intervention and Prevention Partnership

“Early intervention is about taking action as soon as possible to tackle problems for children and families before they become more difficult to reverse.” (Early Intervention Foundation).

Brighter Futures for Children is part of the strategic Reading Early Intervention and Prevention Partnership. The partnership is made up of Police, Health, Education, Voluntary and Community Sector, Children Social Care, Early Help and other key stakeholders.

Download the Partnership Structure and Delivery Model here.

The partnership delivery groups are at the heart of delivering our ambitious shared outcomes for the children, young people and families of Reading.

The partnership strategy outlines how Brighter Futures for Children and its partners will reduce demand for specialist and statuary services and increase community resilience.

Download the Partnership Strategy here.

What is Early Help?

Early Help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life, pre-birth through to the teenage years. Early Help can also prevent further problems from arising. For example, if it is provided as part of a support plan where a child has returned home to their family from care, or in families where there are emerging parental mental health issues or drug and alcohol misuse. (Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018).

Who should offer Early Help?

As with safeguarding, Early Help is everyone’s responsibility.  As a basic principle, the first person to offer support to a child or young person and their family should be the practitioner identifying the issue.

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 sets out that in order for Early Help to be effective all local organisations should work together to identify children and families who would benefit from early help and undertake assessments of the need for Early Help.

Reading’s Threshold Criteria

The Berkshire West Safeguarding Children Partnership (BWSCP), has provided the helpful Reading Threshold Guidance Booklet – October 2019 that breaks down the decision making process. For full information, advice and guidance please use the BWSCP Threshold Page.

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