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Early help is about taking action early and as soon as possible to tackle problems emerging for children, young people and their families.

Early help means providing support as soon as possible to help families cope with difficulties and working together with other services to prevent bigger problems emerging.

Support can come from a range of services and organisations, for parents, children and young people of any age. Our aim is to provide the right action at the right time with the right support.

Early help guide

The Bedford Borough Early Help 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.

Early help assessment

An Early Help Assessment (EHA) is designed to help a child receive the right support at an early stage. 

Bedford Borough Council has developed a new EHA (Word)

Please submit all Early Help Assessments and TAF paperwork to multiagency@bedford.gov.uk  

Supporting Team Around the Family (TAF) paperwork can be downloaded here:

An EHA should be used for any case that requires Early Help services or support.

If your concern is of an immediate safeguarding nature then please contact MASH on 01234 718700 during office hours (8.45am - 5.20pm Monday to Thursday; 8.45am - 4.20pm on a Friday).

Out of office hours please call the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0300 300 8123

Early Help service

The Early Help service comprises of the following teams:

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

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
Email:  earlyhelp@bedford.gov.uk

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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