Supporting Families: Early Help System guide

This guidance is for local partnerships building and delivering the local early help system of support for families.

Applies to England



The Supporting Families: early help system guide guide outlines a national vision and descriptors for a mature early help system that is shared by Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and Department for Education. It has been widely consulted upon across other government departments and local areas and is based on what is working around the country.

The guide is intended for the local strategic partnership responsible for the early help system. It aims to provide a framework for local workshops, partnership conversations and strategic planning and to support prioritisation. The guide provides a self-assessment tool to support discussion, reflection and action planning against key areas that have been shown to influence the effectiveness of early help.

Published 2 April 2022