Early Help and Preventative Services

If you feel the needs of a family sit below Support Levels 3 or 4, and you would have previously considered completing an Early Help Notification through the Front Door, please contact your local Early Help Team for a District Conversation, the contacts for each area can be found via this link Early Help contacts – KELSI. 

Your request for advice will be responded to by an Early Help Manager and you will then be able to discuss the needs of a child, young person or family and be provided with advice about the most appropriate type of support available within the community at Support Levels 1 and 2. This may include Open Access support through the Children’s and Youth centre’s which can include;


Universal – Children’s Centres provide a wide range of groups and services aimed at families including:

  • Stay and Play, Baby Massage
  • Midwifery appointments
  • Health Visitor antenatal and post-natal appointments
  • Young Parents groups
  • Parenting support
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Communication and language
  • Community and health services

Universal – Youth Hubs provide a wide range of groups and services that are aimed at young people and adolescents including:

  • Support the personal development of young people
  • Help young people develop stronger relationships
  • Encourage young people to respect and value differences
  • Promote the voice of young people
  • Help to set up, plan and evaluate youth club sessions

Additional Support through Open Access Children’s and Youth Centre’s

If a young person or family would benefit from some 1:1 support or low-level family intervention this would be classed as Additional Support. This support is expected on average to last 6-8 weeks.

For further information about Early Help and Preventative services take a look at EHPS-Leaflet-for-Partners.pdf (kelsi.org.uk) and our targeted support and appropriate referrals page.