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Early help

Somerset's vision for children and young people

The vision of all services working with children, young people and their families, is for the 110,000 children and young people in Somerset to be safe, healthy, happy and ambitious for their future, and to develop skills for life.

The vast majority of Somerset's children grow up in loving families and supportive communities and become independent, resilient adults. We want this for more of our children and young people, so they and their families can support themselves by engaging with and contributing to their communities.

We know that the educational, health and social outcomes achieved by vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people growing up in Somerset are not good enough. And in some cases this prevents them becoming healthy, happy and ambitious for the future. Intervening early and effectively to provide support when families are struggling is essential to improving the life chances of the county's children and young people, and their families.

Early Help

The Early Help offer in Somerset is not just for young children, as problems can emerge at any point throughout childhood and adolescence. The Early Help offer includes universal and targeted services designed to reduce and prevent problems escalating or becoming entrenched. Early Help is delivered by a wide range of partners including health organisations, schools and colleges, district councils, housing associations and voluntary sector groups, as well as Somerset County Council.

In Somerset Choices, you can find Early Help services under Help for the family and Health or by searching using the search bar at the top of the page.