Research shows that prevention, early support and joint working with our partners can significantly reduce the need for statutory intervention later on in children’s lives.
Early support delivers services and activities for parents, carers, pregnant women and young people aged 0-19 (or 25 with Special Educational Needs/disability).
It is a non-statutory service area that supports children, young people and families to improve their outcomes and reach their goals and aspirations. It does this through positive engagements, sustaining their power, finding out more about the power they have, exploring with them their needs and helping them to identify the things that they would want to change in order to be the person and/ parent they want to be.
Early support hubs
Early Support Hubs are community based sites which incorporate the nine children’s centre sites and one youth centre. These hubs are the point of contact for early support. They provide information, advice and guidance, and access to evidence-based provision delivered by the council’s skilled staff and partner agencies.
See the following articles for parent's accounts of their experiences in the children's centres
Where are the hubs?
There 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, Elmgrove and Roxbourne.
Accessing Early Help or Support
To request Early Help or Support on behalf of families / young people, please complete the MASH referral form clearly stating that Early Help / Support is required. Please ensure all sections of the form are fully completed.
If you would like advice around completing the form, contact MASH on 020 8901 2690 and ask to speak to the Early Help Lead.
Cedars children's centreAddress: Cedar's children's centre
Hillview children’s centreAddress: 2 Grange Road