COVID-19 Update

To contact an Early Help Coordinator or Early Help Partnership Manager in your locality, please use the relevant locality email address below outlining your query and the best number for you to be contacted on.  These mail boxes are monitored regularly and we will respond to your queries.

If you have safeguarding concerns about a child or young person that are not of an urgent nature and would like to have a conversation to explore these further, please contact the Community Social Work Team on 01452 426263 with your query.

Please remember If you think a child or young person is at immediate risk of significant harm, contact the Gloucestershire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub on 01452 426565. In an emergency call 999. Always follow the GCSB Child Protection Process (

You are also advised to discuss concerns with your Supervisor or Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Early Help - Advice, Guidance and Support

Early Help is about providing support to potentially vulnerable children, young people and their families as soon as problems begin to emerge, or when there is a strong likelihood that problems will start in the future. It is also about providing support at any and every stage of a child's life: pre-birth, during pregnancy, childhood or adolescence.

In Gloucestershire, we believe that families are best supported by practitioners who are already working with them, as well as other organisations and services within their local community. These organisations include health services, schools, learning providers, councils, charities and voluntary groups, children and family centres, the police, housing providers and many others.

Children, young people and families with additional needs will be supported through the use of the Graduated Pathway of Early Help and Support.

The Early Help practitioners include:

  • Early Help Co-ordinators who provide support for practitioners who are working with children and families to meet their needs through the Graduated Pathway
  • Community Social Workers work with organisations to provide a social work perspective on families they are supporting. This supports practitioners to ensure families receive the right level of support and act as a link between Children’s Social Care and the community
  • Early Help Partnership Managers support partnership work between organisations in communities to support the development of resources available to children and families. They attend District Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) to make sure there is a focus on Early Help for vulnerable families alongside wider community safety concerns.

Early Help Contacts in your locality

Cheltenham 01452328160
Cotswolds 01452328101
Forest Of Dean 01452328048
Gloucester 01452328071
Stroud 01452328130
Tewkesbury 01452328250


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