Children, young people and their families must be offered help when needs and/or concerns are first identified. Early help is based on these principles:
- early identification and intervention
- effective integrated support for children with complex needs
- children, young people and their families are listened to
- agencies work together with shared responsibility
- safe-guarding and welfare of the child/young person is paramount.
- helping families to help themselves.
These principles apply where special needs and disabilities are identified. If housing, family or other domestic circumstance is thought to be contributing to educational need, agencies will work together to provide support.
For more information on Croydon's Early Help Pathways go to the Practitioner Space website