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Early Help

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The purpose of early help is to prevent any issues from getting worse by offering families support at the right time.

Any professional working with your family, such as those based in schools, health services, and in voluntary sector organisations, can offer Early Help services as soon as they can see that advice, support and/or intervention may be needed.

Early help works best when it's offered to the whole family and when services are delivered jointly by professionals.


Early Help Assessments

Early Help Assessments (EHA) are how professionals identify and assess your family's needs.

We can complete the assessment with your family and a range of different organisations, such as schools and health services. This is so the support given meets the needs of the whole family.

An EHA means everyone can make sure the support is working and making a difference to your family. It also helps to improve local services for everyone.   If you would like to find out more about the Early Help process please contact Mrs Dobson at school for more information.

We work with the Early Help Team in the East Cluster and our Team manager is Gaynor Lloyd.

We can support our families to make contact with our School Health Advisor Anne Plant for further health support.

24/7 Mental Health Crisis Support and Other Support Agencies

If you feel you need urgent mental health support, or someone you care for someone that you feel may be in crisis, please call your local dedicated 24/7 mental health crisis line for free:

  • Halton: 0800 051 1508
  • Knowsley: 0800 051 1508
  • St Helens: 0800 051 1508
  • Warrington: 0800 051 1508
  • Wigan: 0800 051 3253

Our crisis lines are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are open to people of all ages - including children and young people

  • Samaritans operates a free-to-call service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, if you want to talk to someone in confidence. Call them on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org
  • PAPYRUS HOPELine UK for under 35s can be contacted on 0800 068 41 41, 9am to10pm weekdays and 2pm to10pm on weekends.
  • CALM helpline for men can be contacted on 0800 58 58 58, 5pm to midnight every day.

Women’s Aid Freephone 24 hr National Domestic Violence Helpline.  Run in partnership between Women’s Aid & Refuge 

 0808 2000 247

Direct telephone number 9-5 Monday - Friday

01925 417138

www.happyoksad.org.uk has details of helplines, online support & other mental health services especially for men

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