Early help is the term used by agencies to describe Wirral’s approach to providing support to families so that children, young people and their families are safe, happy and ready for school, work and life’s challenges.
We provide help and support at the earliest stages of a child’s life (pre-birth to 5 years) but it is not just for young children Early Help also involves intervening as soon as a problem emerges at any stage of a child or young person’s life.
All Children and families are entitled to early help if and when they need it.
The purpose of early help is, through prompt and targeted interventions, to resolve problems before they become overwhelming, long term and costly to the child, young person, the family and the wider community. Early Help enables young people and families that have become overwhelmed by difficulties to make better choices, to learn new skills, to have aspirations and to turn their lives around.
Early help can be provided by a range of staff in different organisations, such as health services, children’s centres, youth workers, schools and a range of voluntary, community and faith sectors services.