Early Help is the right help, at the right time, in the right place

Article date
1 July 2021
Primary interest
Families and Parenting
Reading Early Help Strategy 2021–2023

The One Reading Children and Young People’s Partnership board have recently agreed their Early Help Strategy. The Partnership believe early help is a collaborative approach and response, not a single provision, and the strategy sets out the 2-year plan for ensuring robust early intervention and prevention for families in Reading.

Who is the strategy for?

It is for everyone working or volunteering with children, young people and families in Reading, including front line staff and volunteers, managers and senior leaders. So whether you are a volunteer Youth Worker, Nursery Room Leader or Health Visitor the strategy is there to guide work on our collective priorities for the next 2 years.

What is included?

The strategy includes the vision and principles for working together including the commitment to developing trauma-informed approach. There is information on what local data tells us about what it is like to grow up and raise a family in Reading, including some information on the impact of Covid-19. The strategy also includes information on what has been achieved by the One Reading Children and Young People’s Partnership through working together.

What are the priorities?

Reviewing local data, our collective understanding of data, and considering the impact of the last 18 months we have identified three priorities for the coming two years:

  1. Children under 5 years old
  2. Adolescents
  3. Consistent approaches to children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health

We know that strategies are not everyone’s ‘go to’ reading, so have kept it as short as possible and set out in a way that you can ‘dip in and out’ of different sections. If you want to find out more please email OneReading@brighterfuturesforchildren.org