"This is a strategy for the communities that support those who may be experiencing difficulties. It is a strategy for the professionals who work with families, adults and children. Most of all it is a strategy for all of our families: adults, children and young people."
The Early Help Strategy is owned by Manchester Children’s Board. It is a key element of their overall vision to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families. The full Manchester City Council's Early Help Strategy 2018-21 is available on Manchester City Council's website.
The Early Help Multi-Agency Levels of Need and Response Framework has been developed to assist those who work with children, young people and their families in Manchester. It aims to assist practitioners to identify the level of need of a child or young person (in the context of their family, environment and experiences) and provides simple guidelines on how to respond with the most appropriate and proportionate intervention at the right time. This guidance was co-produced with partners from the statutory and voluntary sectors, and children, young people and families in Manchester. The guidance provides a number of potential indicators that may highlight additional needs across a broad spectrum, and can be used to enhance collective understanding of risk.
There is a Early Help for Parents & Young People directory available at https://manchester.fsd.org.uk/kb5/manchester/directory/directory.page?directorychannel=1-10. There are also three Early Help Hubs - North, Central and South. Their contact details are available on the Help & Support Manchester website.
Manchester Contact Centre
There is now a telephone number available if workers are unsure whether to go along the route of Early Help or Safeguarding when making a referral after a concern has been raised. By contacting their number, you talk directly with Manchester Safeguarding Partnership who will advise which type of referral to make. Their telephone number is 0161 234 5001.