Hundreds of families benefit from Early Help

Many families will at some point go through difficult times, such as managing their child’s behaviour and ill health.

Getting support at an early stage means they can nip problem in the bud before the situation spirals out of control.

We work with organisations across the Wakefield district including health, education, youth services, housing, police, community and voluntary groups. Together we have effective ways of identifying emerging problems and unmet needs for individual children and families. This is called Early Help.

Hundreds of families have received help and many have said what a difference it’s made to their lives.

One parent said: “You listened to my problems and did not judge me”. Another said: “I feel less anxious now that support is in place” while a third parent explained that the support has been life-changing.

Early Help is about knowing what is working well for a family but is also understanding more about what the family are finding difficult. It means we can help them to get the right kind of support at the earliest possible time to prevent things getting worse.

Children First Hubs are part of the Early Help strategy in Wakefield and are places where people can get help in their local area.

There are currently four Children First Hubs based across the district that you can contact for advice and support.

We work on a voluntary basis with families who have children aged between 0-19 years or 25 years if they have special educational needs, providing or coordinating support linked to crime and anti- social behaviour, school attendance, health and development, employment and debt, domestic abuse, drugs and alcohol.

For more information visit Wakefield Early Help website.

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