Right Help @ the Right Time
Support for children, young people and families
Camden has an early help strategy, you can read it here by clicking on the link below:
First Stop Early Help
The First Stop Early Help Team is the preventative service that deals with all referrals where there are lower level needs (levels 1 and 2) that do not reach the threshold for a statutory social work service but where extra services are needed in order to meet the child’s needs, support the family and prevent issues from escalating. The First Stop Early Help Team is for any Camden child or young person between the ages of 0-19 years and their family. It is part of the wider Early Help offer in Camden, and is located with MASH in the Children and Families Contact Service.
Why might you need them?
The aim is for families to get help as early as possible, so things do not get worse – and, with the right help at the right time, things could actually improve. It might mean accessing services yourself, or professionals working with you and your family.
What does it include?
Support for lots of things, including parenting, education, employment, healthy living and emotional wellbeing, as well as preventing anti-social behaviour. This support can be provided at lots of different places and by different people including:
- Family support workers
- Children's Centre staff
- Staff at schools
- Youth workers
- Health workers
- People from voluntary and community organisations.
How to get this help
Click on the links below to find services and their details:
- Health and wellbeing
- Education and attainment
- Employment and training
- Family support
- Crime and anti-social behaviour
- Domestic violence
Children's Centres provide a range of services for families with children under five. For children and young people aged 0 to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities, you can also have a look at the SEND Local Offer
If you still need additional support
You can talk to a professional who knows your family already. This could be:
- Someone at your child's school (for example, a teacher or a nurse)
- A health visitor
- A youth worker
- Staff at a children's centre
- Your GP or other health worker
This person will be able to talk to you about what additional support you may need and help you find the right support as early as possible. If it’s a bit more complicated, with your permission, they can complete an Early Help assessment. These leaflets tell you more:
- Early Help Leaflet for Parents, January 2016 (PDF)
- Early Help Information Sharing Consent Form and Leaflet, March 2016 (PDF)
Are you worried about a child?
- If you are worried about a child or young person, please contact the Children and Families Contact Service on 020 7974 3317 or email LBCMASHadmin@camden.gov.uk
- If you do not feel comfortable about telling us, or you are not sure if you are right, you can also speak to a teacher, health visitor, doctor or the NSPCC. The most important thing is to tell someone who can help.
Other Useful Links and Documents