Early help and working together

Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life. For this to be effective, all agencies are required to work together to:

  • Identify children and families who would benefit from support early
  • Undertake an assessment of need
  • Provide services to address those needs

All workers are responsible for using standard ways of working with families to identify the right support that can be delivered quickly to prevent things from getting worse. They have a responsibility to share information, work together and co-ordinate action plans.

This might mean when a child:

  • Is disabled and has specific additional needs
  • Has special educational needs (whether or not they have a statutory Education, Health and Care Plan)
  • Is a young carer
  • Is showing signs of being drawn into anti-social or criminal behaviour, including gang involvement and association with organised crime groups
  • Is frequently missing/goes missing from care or from home
  • Is at risk of modern slavery, trafficking or exploitation
  • Is at risk of being radicalised or exploited
  • Is in a family circumstance presenting challenges for the child, such as drug and alcohol misuse, adult mental health issues and domestic abuse
  • Is misusing drugs or alcohol themselves
  • Has returned home to their family from care
  • Is a privately fostered child

The Integrated Working Team

The Integrated Working Team provides advice, support, guidance documents and training on Early Help processes. They can be contacted on:

  • Telephone: 01204 331392
  • Email: boltonISA@bolton.gov.uk
  • In writing: Integrated Working Team, Ground Floor, Castle Hill Centre, Castleton Street, Bolton BL2 2JW