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The term Early Help is used to describe the process of taking action early and as soon as possible to tackle problems emerging for children, young people and their families.

Effective help can occur at any point in a child or young person's life.

Our Partnership Framework (PDF) also sets out how Early Help is essential in achieving outstanding outcomes and life chances for all our children and young people.

Bedford’s Early Help Strategy 2015 - 2018 was subject to consultation during the early part of 2015. Read and overview of the consultation feedback here. (Word, 74KB) to read an overview of the consultation feedback.

The draft Strategy was then presented to the Bedford Borough Executive Committee on the 11 March and was universally endorsed.

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Early Help Service

The new Early Help Service comprises of the following teams:

  • Family Focus Service
  • Inclusion Support Team
  • Education Welfare Service
  • Education Support for 14 - 19
  • Family Information Service
  • Early Years Team
  • Early Help Coordination
  • Early Help Team
  • Triple P Positive Parenting Programme (PDF)

You can find out more about each team on their pages within the menu.

The Early Help Team comprises of six Early Help Professionals (EHPs) attached to school cluster localities.

Early Help Directory

The Bedford Borough Early Help Guide holds information on a wide range of services in Bedford Borough for children, young people and families. This includes sources of support, childcare, children's centres and children's activities.

Get involved

Our service is built and developed on useful feedback from our partners and service users. If you have any comments or queries please don't hesitate to get in touch:

Tel: 0800 023 2057