Early help

Cain Suleyman, aged 16, created this short tutorial for us to help you understand how to access Early Help, get advice and make a referral in and what happens next to help children and families access the most appropriate services for them.

Read the video transcript (PDF 232KB)

Children’s Services and our partners are making significant changes to how we organise and coordinate help to children and families, and how we offer advice and guidance to professionals who work with them.

Early help referrals

​You can make a referral to Early Help using the Early Help Hub Referral form (PDF 288KB) (also available as the Early Help Hub Referral form Word version (DOCX 102KB)). The referral is then taken to a weekly allocations meeting (PDF 380KB).

Please note the deadline for receiving referrals is 12 noon on a Thursday.

Early help assessments

Early help conference

An early help conference was held in December 2015.

Early help strategy

Early help is a top priority in Children’s Services. We are committed to intervening early to support families facing challenges and difficulties so that we can prevent an escalation of problems and improve outcomes for children and young people.

The Early Help Strategy (PDF 646KB) sets out our priorities and planned actions. It also sets out our commitment to introducing an Early Help Hub to ensure that services are clearly signposted and coordinated around the needs of children and their families. You can also view our 'Threshold' guide to early help and safeguarding services document (PDF 714KB).

Contact us

To find out more contact the Early Help Hub by email earlyhelp@brighton-hove.gcsx.gov.uk or call 01273 292632

Useful links

Family Service Directory for information on a wide range of local services for families

Stronger Families Stronger Communities Phase 2 Outcome Plan (PDF 293KB)

The Costed directory of effective interventions (PDF 860KB) is a way for practitioners to find out about services in the city and when and how to refer

Health Services for children and young people

SEND Local Offer for information on services for a child or young person with special educational needs and/or disability

Support for disabled children and young people and their families

Local Safeguarding Children Board coordinate what is done locally to protect and promote the welfare of children and young people in the city

Directory of Health and Well-Being services provides information for front line workers on local services

Community and Voluntary Sector Directory for contact details and descriptions of over 350 community groups, charities and voluntary organisations

My Life directory lists services and organisations offering support to families, children and young people in Brighton & Hove

Worried about a child?

If you have concerns about a child or young person's welfare, please contact our Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01273 290400 or MASH@brighton-hove.gcsx.gov.uk. Outside of office hours, you should call 01273 335905.