Over the first 3 months of 2018/19 96% of children and young people and their families that have received an early help service have been supported to achieve positive outcomes.

Early Help services in Derby, integrated with children’s safeguarding Services, are focused on vulnerable families where there is a need for coordinated support from agencies to prevent issues escalating to the point where families may require statutory Social Care services.

Services are located across the city and offer a range of services including Multi-Agency teams (MAT’s), children’s centres, Space@Connexions, offering short pieces of group work in schools, outreach in families’ homes, direct work with children and young people themselves and support to access universal services.

All families have an opportunity to self- report on the services they have been offered and to engage in a variety of tools and interventions that demonstrate their journey and meet individual needs.

This is in addition to the young people that are supported through targeted Group Work in Schools, with 350 children and young people accessing a variety of group work in the last term of 2017/18.

Councillor Evonne Williams said:

“I’m delighted that our Early Help services are having such an impact on the lives of these children and families.  Early intervention is a key factor in reducing the need for long term involvement with the Social Care Services.”