The Early Help Strategy for Leicester

The Leicester Children’s Trust's Early Help Strategy, jointly produced and owned by services working with children, young people and families together with the Children’s Trust, sets out the local vision to improve children’s lives by working in partnership to raise aspirations, build achievement and protect the most vulnerable. 

The Early Help Strategy sets out: 

  • What ‘Early Help’ means and why it is important
  • The vision for Early Help services: working in partnership to support and strengthen families so that they can thrive
  • The important role played by, and contribution of all organisations working with children and families in Leicester in the provision of Early Help
  • How Early Help in Leicester is organised via single agency responses (across all agencies), multi-agency, co-ordinated responses and specialist intervention
  • A set of Partnership Pledges, signed up to by the Children’s Trust Partnership Organisations, that set out their commitment to support the Early Help Strategy

The Partnership Pledges

The Partnership Pledges are 5 simple steps that organisations can take to ensure their staff team are supported to engage with Early Help and that their Early Help offer is clear and accessible to service users, staff and other agencies. The ultimate aim of these pledges to ensure children, young people and families access the right support at the right time and to reduce the need for statutory intervention.

The Pledges

  • Name a member of staff as the Designated Lead for Safeguarding and Early Help
  • Train staff to effectively undertake their role in the provision of Early Help
  • Ensure staff and service users can easily access Early Help in your organisation when they need it
  • Define and publish your Early Help offer
  • Evidence the impact of your Early Help work