Patterns of family life vary and there is no one, perfect way to bring up children. ‘Early Help’  is aimed at supporting families as early as possible when they need it.

Visit the Early Help website

Good parenting involves caring for children’s basic needs which includes:

  • Keeping them safe;
  • Showing them warmth and love;
  • Providing the stimulation needed for their development and to help them achieve their potential;
  • Provide a stable environment where they experience consistent guidance and boundaries.

As a parent, carer, neighbour or anyone in contact with children and families you may at times have concerns about the welfare of a child. These could be concerns about their development, appearance or behaviour which may indicate signs of abuse.

If you have concerns about a child you can and should seek advice from professionals. The Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) 0300 555 2866 will give advice and guidance about making referral. If you believe that a child or young person is at immediate risk, this should be reported without delay to the police service as a 999 emergency.

Useful links and resources