The new Children and Families Act 2014 means changes to the law to give greater protection to vulnerable children, better support for children whose parents are separating, a new system to help children with special educational needs and disabilities, and help for parents to balance work and family life. Early help is important because it ensures vulnerable children and their families receive the help they need when they need it. It can prevent problems getting worse and requiring specialist intervention from social care, health and the youth justice system.
The Gloucestershire Children’s Partnership has adopted the Munro ‘Working Together’ definition of Early Help:
Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life, from the foundation years through to the teenage years.