Resources for practitioners

Guidance and resources, including early help plans, safeguarding and our processes

Early help resources

Early help aims to give children, young people and families the right support at the right time, to reduce the need for higher level interventions.

These resources will help you understand the level of need and how an early help approach could help and provide templates to help you get started.


Early help plan template (DOCX, 33.9 KB).

You can see an example of what the template might look like when it's been completed in our Example of a Team Around the Family plan template (DOCX, 41kB).

Advice for parents

You can print and share this Early help leaflet (DOCX, 169kB) with parents to help them understand the Team Around the Family process.

Guides for practitioners

These guides will help you through the early help process and include:


These presentations have been developed as tools for safeguarding leads to help their organisations get a better understanding about what early help means for them and the children and young people they work with.

Posters to print and display

You might find it helpful to print and display these posters:

Team Around the Family Support Officer (TAFSO) poster (PDF, 283kB)


Contact a Team Around the Family Support Officer

If you are a practitioner, please contact our Team Around the Family Support Officers (TAFSO). TAFSOs can support practitioners to feel confident holding Team Around the Family Meetings and completing Early Help Plans.

Practitioners can email their Team around the Family Support Officer asking for contact to be made with you:

If you are a parent or carer, contact someone at your children's school, nursery or college, or a practitioner you are working with, to discuss having a Team Around the Family meeting.