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Targeted Early Help Service

About 

The Targeted Early Help Service support children, young people and families where there is a need for an Early Help Assessment. An allocated Early Help Practitioner will complete the assessment which will identify what support is needed and will then work with the family and partner agencies to develop a coordinated package of support. The support plan will be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure the plan is effective.

The Targeted Early Help Service can provide coordinated support to families experiencing:

  • School attendance problems
  • Have a child who need help
  • Domestic abuse
  • Employment and debt problems
  • Health problems
  • Crime and anti-social behaviour problems

The Targeted Early Help Service will work closely with the Early Intervention and Prevention Service, utilising the groups and interventions if appropriate for the family.

Learn more about the Early Intervention and Prevention Service here.

There are different ways to access support from the Targeted Early Help Service, whether you are a parent or carer, or a professional seeking support for a family you are working with, these include:

  • ‘Team Around’ models

The Targeted Early Help Service will receive a referral from the Team around the School or Team around the Early Years meetings if it is considered an Early Help Assessment is needed.

  • Integrated Front Door

The Targeted Early Help Service will also receive a referral from the Integrated Front Door if considered appropriate following the screening of a safeguarding referral.

The Targeted Early Help Service works with many services across the district, whether that be other Council teams, partner agencies, and Voluntary Community Sector organisations, for example:

  • Community Anchors
  • Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service
  • Health Improvement Team
  • Spectrum Health
  • Turning Point Talking Therapies
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • Wakefield and District Housing (WDH)
Last updated: 12/5/2022