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Early Help Services

Getting the right level of support to children and families at the right time and as early as possible can prevent long term harm and abuse. Support starts with universal services, such as the school, the health service and the police. Families needing additional support will receive the next level. A ‘whole family’ approach ensures that children’s needs and welfare are being met and maintained as well as those of the family. This is done by working with the family, local communities and others already supporting them. Early help also includes parents-to-be and very young children where:

  • Their needs are not being met by routine or ‘universal’ services.
  • They do not meet thresholds for statutory interventions.

The Stoke-on-Trent Early Help and Prevention Strategy 2020 - 2024 sets out the approach to ensuring that effective early help and support is available to children and families in Stoke-on-Trent. The strategy can be found here:

Stoke-on-Trent Early Help and Prevention Strategy