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Early support

Early Support is a national programme that brings together services working with children under five who have complex health needs or disabilities.

It is designed to help parents and carers by co-ordinating support for health, social care and education.

Families can be referred by any professional working with them by completing the pdf icon request for help form [37kb]. Parents can also refer themselves by contacting the inclusion officer.

All children must fulfil all the following criteria:

  • be aged up to five;
  • have complex and/or multiple health, social or educational needs;
  • receive, be eligible to receive, or be about to receive specialist care from three or more services (from any agency); and
  • the family must be aware of the referral and have consented to it.

Once families have joined the programme, a key worker will be assigned to provide support in a variety of ways, and a range of information, booklets and training courses will be available. How long the support lasts depends on the needs of the family.

For further information about Early Support, contact your local inclusion officer.

This page was last updated on 9 December 2013