Early support

The early support team delivers services and activities for:

  • parents
  • carers
  • pregnant women
  • young people aged 0-19 (or 25 with Special Educational Needs or disability).

It is a non-statutory service area that supports children, young people and families. Its aim are to improve outcomes and and help those concerned to reach their goals through:

  • positive engagements
  • sustaining their power
  • finding out more about the power they have
  • helping to identify people's needs, to help them become the person/parent they want to be.

Research shows that early support and joint working with our partners significantly reduces the need for intervention later in children’s lives.

Early support hubs

Early Support Hubs are community based sites. They incorporate the nine children’s centre sites and one youth centre. These hubs are the point of contact for early support. They provide guidance and access to evidence-based provision, delivered by the council’s skilled staff and partner agencies.

See the following articles, containing parent's testimonies:

Where are the hubs?

  • Cedars hub has delivery sites at Cedars, The Pinner Centre, Chandos, Stanmore Park and Whitefriars.
  • Hillview hub has delivery sites at Hillview, Kenmore Park, Gange, and Elmgrove.

Accessing early help or support

For early support on behalf of families and young people complete the MASH form

Please state clearly that early help or support is required. Ensure all sections of the form are fully completed. 

MASH referral form

If you would like advice on completing the form contact MASH on 020 8901 2690 and ask to speak to the early help lead.