Mayor John Biggs has launched a new Early Help Service aimed at supporting vulnerable families facing serious issues such as family breakdown, housing problems, emotional health and well-being or money troubles.
The Service, which was launched at the Brady Centre in Bethnal Green, aims to address issues early to avoid the need for statutory services to be involved.
Early Help is a key service designed to provide help to children and vulnerable families as soon as needs emerge at any point in a child’s life, from prenatal stages and up to the age of 25 years, for those with learning difficulties and or disabilities.
Over the last year the council has looked closely at the delivery of support to families for issues that might escalate, such as domestic violence or homelessness. It has developed a new approach which is set out in its Early Help Strategy; and it has set up a new permanent Team in its Early Help Hub (a one stop contact point to access crucial early support). The Early Help Hub can be contacted by telephone on 020 7364 5006.
Early Help works with the whole family in order to deliver the best and earliest support to families facing difficulties.
A new free Early Help training programme is in place to ensure that council staff and partner agencies have the necessary skills to support families.
Mayor John Biggs said: “Our Early Help Strategy identified the benefits of prompt intervention when we assist our most vulnerable families. This new service launched at the Brady Centre will ensure that the most vulnerable children and families in Tower Hamlets are offered the support they need”.
Cllr Danny Hassell Cabinet Lead for Children Schools and Young People said: “ Analysis has showed that engaging families in Early Help improved their outcomes and resolved their issues with the need for statutory services. I’m delighted that this support is being delivered through the Early Help Hub and Early Help services for families.”