Early Help

Early Help

Early Help is a way of thinking and working together as services with families that have additional or more complex needs.

Early Help can prevent problems from getting worse by providing support to families when a need is identified or as soon as a problem emerges. This can be at any point in a child’s life, from conception, through childhood and into adolescence. It can also prevent further problems arising by building resilience with families to find their own solutions in the future.

It should not be seen as a specific service, but any service, and crucially how services work collectively through tailored support packages for specific needs in individual families.

Find out more on the Doncaster Safeguarding Children Partnership website, If you have a concern about a child or have an Early Help enquiry you can complete the online form on the  council's website.

If you need information or advice about a child or young person before completing the form, call Early Help from 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, on 01302 734110.

Doncaster’s Families Information Service provides access to a range of services for universal or more complex needs. You can use this directory of services and information in your work with families. Visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/fis

Always call 999 if someone is in immediate danger.

Who to contact if you have concerns about a child

Some people know us as the referral and response team and others as the assessment and child protection service but whatever you know us by we deliver the same thing.

We work together with Children and their Families and undertake assessments to identify if any support is required, or if there are any risks which may impact on a Child’s welfare. We will engage children, their carers, and families in such way to clearly understand their circumstances, wishes and feelings, and identify any actions focused on the best interests of the child. We work with families and create a plan to address any issues identified for children and their parents / carers.

We work alongside other agencies providing Social Care advice and support. We aim to ensure all children are safe, and their needs are met within the family. We work with children and young people 0 – 18 years old.

Contact details:

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
Colonnades House
Duke Street

Tel: 01302 737777 (available 8.30am - 5pm Monday to Friday)

Tel: 01302 796000 (outside office hours)

Email: ChildrenAssessmentService@dcstrust.co.uk

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