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Targeted early help from Derbyshire's children's centres

Our children's centre teams work in partnership with settings, nurseries, schools, health and other universal support teams who can offer information, advice and practical support before the involvement of children's services.

The targeted offer from our children's centres includes:

  • working closely with health visitors and early years providers, support with speech and language development, healthy eating, parenting and school readiness
  • providing targeted family support
  • providing access to parenting groups and individual family focussed support, including parenting routines and family relationships, reducing conflict, healthy lifestyle choices and reducing risks of exploitation

Our targeted children's centres offer is available to vulnerable children and families and it is accessed through Starting Point via the completion of an online early help request form. Requests will be triaged, and the locality early help teams will work with local partners to provide the most appropriate level of support.

Your health visitor, health professional, early years provider, school or college will be able to support you initially with early help and can refer to children's services if you think more targeted support would be helpful.

If the child already has an allocated early help team worker or social worker, please liaise directly with the allocated worker.

If your request is about an immediate child protection issue or your concern is urgent, please tel: 01629 533190.

Information, support and guidance for parents can be found on the respective Facebook pages of our centres:

Our Facebook pages provide a wide range of information, including safety information, links to local services, welfare support, activities to be done at home, healthy eating, dental health and much more.