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Early help is a way of supporting people to avoid problems, or to deal with them before they get worse.  Problems may emerge at any point during childhood and adolescence

Solihull’s early help strategy sets out the vision and the priorities for change in order to develop the delivery of early help within Solihull.

The early help model beings together individuals, people providers, groups and organisations, direct work, community provision and community capacity working across five collaborative areas in a needs-led flexible and holistic approach.

The concept of early help, or early intervention as it is sometimes known, reflects the widespread recognition that it is better to identify and deal with problems early rather than to respond when difficulties have become acute and demand action by more expensive services.

There is now strong evidence identifying factors that place children at risk of neglect or abuse, of developing mental health problems, of failing in education, or of becoming involved in crime or anti-social behaviour. These negative outcomes are not only damaging to the children or young people concerned, to their families and the communities where they live, but also result in significant costs to the state.

The Early Help model has been developed to ensure long term sustainability and community empowerment, with an aim for families to be helped at the earliest point, improving children and young people’s life chances and reducing demand for crisis services.

The team is in place and the implementation for children, young people and families has begun.


Do you work with children, young people and families to identify additional needs and carry out early help assessments?

To help with the work that you are doing, would it be beneficial to

  • understand the principles of early help?
  • develop understanding and confidence around family conversations?
  • become confident in using the engagement tool?
  • understand and apply Solihull local thresholds?

If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, you would benefit from attending the LSCB module 1 early help training.

For further details, including how to book onto one of our courses, please go the the events section [link].

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