The purpose of Early Help is to prevent issues from getting worse by offering support at the right time. Any professional working with a family, such as those based in schools, health services, or in voluntary sector organisations, can offer early help services by responding to identified needs in order to offer advice, support and intervention. Early Help works best when it is offered to the whole family and when services are delivered jointly by professionals. Early Help is everyone’s business.
Warrington Borough Council has published an Early Help e-booklet which contains information including what the service provides, children centres, education, childcare and support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Warrington Borough Council also has a very useful website: My Life Warrington which is an online directory, a one-stop-shop, of local services for residents, families and practitioners alike. It also includes a care cost calculator so that people with assets or savings can estimate the cost contribution to their care. The website is now the single point of information and resources for many services.