Early help services

Access early help for your family and find out more about free early learning for under fives.

Access support for your family - Community Early Help

Access support for your family - Community Early Help

Lambeth Community Early Help is a partnership approach to ensuring that children, young people and families receive additional support at the earliest opportunity to prevent difficulties and take immediate action when emerging difficulties are identified to prevent them from getting worse.

Open How to get help configuration options

Our vision is to make a positive difference for children, young people and families by providing the best early help support in the country. We will do this by strengthening relationships and building upon the collective skills, knowledge and resources of our families, our communities and our council.

There are five Community Early Help locality teams in Lambeth, providing targeted assessment and intervention with families, as well as actively working in partnership with a range of community services for families to further build their capacity to provide whole family support.

How to get help

Professionals

If you are a professional and wish to make an early help or child protection referral to Lambeth Children’s Services, you can:

Our professionals dedicated phone line means we can provide immediate help should you have a request for information or want to discuss your referral.

All telephone referrals need to be followed up with a completed form within 24 hours.

Families

If you are a parent or child and would like to refer yourself or your family for early years or child protection help or support, you can:

If your email is not in regard to a request for early help, child protection or information about a child or family, it will not be processed.

If you think a child or young person is in immediate danger, contact the police on 999.

Partners can share and access a wide range of information, advice and guidance, support and resources to effectively support families as part of a capacity-building approach.

Support for Community Early Help Partners

Partners can share and access a wide range of information, advice and guidance, support and resources to effectively support families as part of a capacity building approach.

The Partnership meetings

The purpose of the meetings is to provide a space for partnership organisations to connect and collaborate at a local level. The overall aim is to build upon the existing strengths and resilience of partnership organisations to effectively meet the diverse range of needs and improve outcomes for children, young people and families within the community.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic these were known as Locality Action Panels (LAP’s). In response to the pandemic there was a review of the LAP’s to ensure these spaces were responsive to the needs of partnership organisations and were redefined as Partnership Meetings.

How it's achieved

By upholding shared values that incorporate and reflect the principles and requirements of the Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) guidance.

Partnership organisations are able to share key information about their current offer and resources to children, young people and families. This has been vital during the pandemic due to the significant and varying impact upon the delivery of services throughout this period.

By identifying emerging thematic issues that are impacting upon children, young people and families in order to develop collaborative responses to these at an early intervention level across the partnership.

By identifying partnership organisations training needs in relation to working with children, young people and families to further develop partners knowledge, understanding and skills to effectively support and safeguard families.

By building links and offering networking opportunities for partners to work together independently of Community Early Help.

Early help toolkit

You can download a copy of the full early help toolkit, or individual parts from the download section below.

Download a copy of the full early help toolkit

How can I access the community early help offer?

Practitioners working with families in Lambeth can access the offer by:

Referrals for Early Help support can be made by completing and sending the multiagency referral form to helpandprotection@lambeth.gov.uk.

Contacts

  • Azza Hassam - Early Help Specialism and Partnership Manager

To contact the team, email communityearlyhelp@lambeth.gov.uk or call 020 7926 9079.

Downloads

Community Early Help closure form

Community Early Help family agreement consent form

Community Early Help family plan form