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The Early Help Unit

The Early Help Unit provides a direct contact point for professionals and families requiring early help services in Nottinghamshire. The Unit acts as a signposting and referral point for Early Help Services but does not directly deliver them.

Specific elements of this service include local Children’s Centres and the Family Service

Who to contact

0115 804 1248

Time / Date Details

When is it on
The opening hours of the Early Help Unit are 9.00am to 4.30pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and 10.30am to 4.30pm Wednesday

Other Details


Referral required
Referral Details

The Early Help Unit will provide information and advice and will signpost professionals and families on to non-County Council services, as well as accepting referrals on behalf of Nottinghamshire’s County Council early help services.

 Any child or young person at immediate risk should be referred to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

Specific elements of this service include Children's Centres:

• Universal services including play sessions, health support, & opportunities to train and volunteer.
• More focused support with: challenging behaviour; communication difficulties (Home Talk Programme); mother’s mental health needs; diet & nutrition; domestic abuse; housing and debt issues.
• Parenting programmes & interventions including, Strengthening Families; Incredible Years. 

Exclusion Criteria:

Early Help Interventions:

  • Are for children and young people who are not at immediate risk.  Those at immediate risk should be referred to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
  • Will be led by a lead professional, who will co-ordinate the services involved with the child or young person and their family
  • Are time limited
  • Involve a holistic assessment being completed with the child, young person and their family, leading to an action plan
  • Are reviewed regularly with the child / young person and their family

 In addition, the Early Help Unit will provide:

  • Information and advice for children, young people, families and professionals on early help services in Nottinghamshire

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Record Last Updated On: 03/02/2022

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