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Early Help and Safeguarding

What is Early Help?
Early help is about providing extra support at an early stage for you and your family to prevent small problems from getting worse. These could be difficulties with parenting to health to education to support for teenagers.
Many services in Hounslow offer early help including schools, children’s centres, health and education services and more. If you feel comfortable in doing so, speak to a practitioner at one of the services you already know to ask about the support available, for example, your GP, health visitor, children's centre, school or nursery. Alternatively, you can browse the services within the sections below and contact the service/s directly.
What happens next?

Once you have made the first step in asking for support, the most appropriate service/s within early help can be identified. Some of the services will need a Child & Family Assessment/Notification Safeguarding Form (CFAN) to be completed before any involvement begins. Other services within Early Help may have their own referral form or procedure.

If you have self-referred to a service in Early Help and are unsure whether you have been accepted, please contact the service directly to enquire. Alternatively, the practitioner who referred you for support will be your point of contact to update you on progress of the referral.

If you have not met the criteria for a service you have approached, please discuss this with the practitioner you are working with (e.g. a member of staff at your child’s school, your GP or your Health Visitor) who will be able to support and or signpost you to other services that may be able to help.