Merton's 'early help' offer to children and families
Early help is an essential element within Merton’s comprehensive framework of children’s services, whereby additional needs of children are identified and met at the earliest point possible, promoting children’s welfare and reducing the need for more intrusive and expensive interventions at a later stage.
In Merton we use the C4EO (website) definition of Early Help:
‘Intervening early and as soon as possible to tackle emerging problems for children, young people and families…early help can take place early in a child’s life or early in the development of a problem…effective early help prevents escalation of need and reduces severity of problems…..early help can be provided to individual families, particular vulnerable groups or whole populations (C4EO 2012)'.
Within the context of Merton’s long standing Child and Young Person Well-Being Model (MWBM) developed with our safeguarding and Children's Trust partners, early help is provided at all levels (Universal, Enhanced, Specialist). This approach aims to enable and empower families, reducing an escalation of need. Our Children's Trust Partnership delivers, commissions and brokers early help services through the voluntary sector, schools, Public Health, Merton CCG, Safer Merton, the council and other partners..
For full information on Merton's Early Help offer, and for a list of services please see the following:
Download The Early Help Guide for Practitioners 2017.