Early Help opportunities: Dudley

As humans, we are hardwired to want to be independent. Even our children from a very young age want to feed themselves, put on their own shoes and do everything they can to be independent. It’s just human nature, and this behaviour is encouraged, as it should be. We want our children to be independent, but something that gets even harder as we get older, is asking for help when we need it. 


For all of our children and families, we feel it is so important to instil these values of having a healthy support system and that it is okay to ask for help when it is needed. 


In the Dudley Borough, all families have access to Early Help. 


What is Early Help?

The main focus of Early Help is to improve outcomes for children and this support may be provided at any point in a child or young person’s life. The sooner families receive the support, the sooner they are able to improve their situation and prevent the need for prolonged support.

Early Help is in place to find out what is working well for families and what areas they might be worried about; it can help to build on families’ strengths and identify any areas where support might be needed. It is an approach that brings people together from different teams and services who work together with the whole family. 

Dudley advertise their Early Help through a “Nine Step Process”.


This can be viewed in their illustration below:



Why would families need Early Help?

Early help is available for anyone that may benefit from it. It is a supportive tool and can address the following:

  • Worries about your child’s health development or behaviour
  • Worries about how they are doing with their education, whether this is at school or nursery 
  • Concerns about money or housing and how that is affecting you
  • Your child and/or family may be affected by domestic abuse, drugs, alcohol, ill health or crime

This list is not exhaustive, and Early Help can be used in so many areas where you feel it is needed. Different professionals can come together to offer their advice, give strategies and provide a support system to help in tackling different situations where this support is needed. 

Early Help can provide families with the tools to solve challenges or problems, with help from others where needed.


Who do families ask for help?

Families are able to talk with someone that they are familiar with. This could be a nursery manager, key person, teacher, health professional or support worker etc. All professionals that work alongside children and their families are trained to highlight Early Help support, and can guide families without any judgement. 

Families are also able to contact their local Family Centre and can ask to speak to a Duty Worker. They will also be able to provide lots of advice around Early Help and how it might be able to offer support. 



Dudley advertise their key principles of Early Help as follows: 

  • The welfare of children and young people is our key priority – safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and all services operate within the thresholds framework to safeguard and promote the health and wellbeing of children and young people
  • Early help is everyone’s responsibility – all services working with children, young people, and families have a role to play in the wellbeing of children, young people and their families
  • The views and influence of children and young people are crucial in delivering and monitoring the Early Help strategy
  • We will offer help as early as possible and before problems escalate
  • Working with the whole family produces the best outcomes, with all services involved with family members working together, and families only telling their ‘story’ once
  • Families are our partners – we will work together with families to become stronger, more resilient and better able to help themselves
  • Wherever possible early help will be accessed through universal services
  • Our approach and services will be evidence based and focused on what works for children and families
  • All practitioners will have a shared vision and common skills to put the family at the heart of deciding and implementing solutions

For more information on Early Help, please speak to a member of our team. Further reading can be done through the Dudley Safeguarding People’s Partnership website, or through the following links. 






Please remember; asking for help is nothing to feel ashamed of. We are all here to help each other, and it is much easier to achieve as part of a team.



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