When might early help be useful?
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- A child is disabled or has special educational needs
- The young person is a young carer
- A young person is being drawn into criminal or gang activity
- A young person often goes missing
- A young person is at risk of some form of exploitation or radicalisation
- There is adult drug and alcohol misuse, mental health difficulties, or domestic abuse
- Where a child has returned home from care, to ensure they have enough support when settling
- The child is in a private fostering.
The guidance says practitioners should be trained to look for signs a child or family may need help (see page 13, paragraphs 4-5). So, someone working with a child may suggest an early help assessment. Or, a parent or carer may feel their child needs extra help. They can then ask someone at a local service for an assessment.