Early Help services in Hampshire

Early Help means ‘identifying as early as possible if a child or family need support and helping them to access services’'

This is achieved with many support services working together to offer a child, young person or family ‘the right help at the right time’.

The Hampshire Early Help model

The Early Help model is coordinated through ten multi-agency hubs: Eastleigh, Gosport, Test Valley, Basingstoke, Hart and Rushmoor, New Forest, Havant, Winchester, Fareham and East Hants.

The hubs are coordinated by the Family Support Service (FSS) and involve a range of practitioners who contribute to the local Early Help offer.

FSS is part of the ‘early help’ provision for Hampshire run by the County Council for families with children aged 0–19 years (or up to 25 for young adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities) to provide a joined-up, whole-family service to those who have high levels of need.

Thresholds of need

We recognise that children, young people and parents need greater or lesser support at different times of their lives, as such, there are a range of support services dependent on needs.

Hampshire County Council uses a ‘thresholds of need’ table to define these levels of need among children and families. An explanation for each level along with examples of the type of services available is detailed below.

Level 1 (Universal) All families and children where there are no specific needs
Level 2 (Early Help) Families where there is a need for support, but this can be met within a specific setting e.g. pre-school or school, and by one single service or agency, i.e. a speech and language therapist providing advice and help
Level 3 (Targeted Early Help) A family or child with many needs requiring more than one service or agency to be involved
Level 4 (Statutory Social Care)

A family or child with a high level of unmet and complex needs, and in need of children’s social care intervention

A Children's Trust Threshold Chart and guidance has been produced. This will help you understand how professional judgements are made to determine the level of support needed.

The Hampshire Early Help model showing thresholds of need

Early help model