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We know that Tameside is a great place to grow up and live. We have strong communities, excellent schools and early education, good opportunities for work and much more.

But we can do better.

Most of our children and families grow up in a supportive environment that enables them to have the best start in life without the input of specialist services. When this is not the case children and families may need some extra support at different times in their life.
Providing early help to children and families is a priority for Tameside Council and its partners. Together we are committed to ensuring children and families get the right help and support at the earliest opportunity.

We want every child, young person and family to get the help and support they need to succeed as early as possible. This is what we call Early Help. 

Our vision is that every child and young person in Tameside has the best start in life, to grow, thrive, and be prepared for a successful adult life. When the need or emerging problems occurs, communities and organisations work together with children, young people and families to co-ordinate support thereby improving the overall wellbeing and quality of life of all Tameside’s children and young people.

In supporting this vision, we have set out a number of long term outcomes that will enable us to achieve our commitment, championing prevention and early intervention to deliver effective early help in Tameside:

  • Children will have the best start in life
  • Families will know how to access services and information
  • Our targeted and universal offer will be right and families will access it
  • Families will raise and achieve their aspirations for employment, education and training
  • Families will manage their health and prevent illness
  • Families will be confident and self-reliant.

Please click on the below button to view our Early Help Offer.

Definition of Early Help:

Whilst most children and their families in Tameside are able to have a good quality of life with minimal additional support from public services, there are some who find life more difficult for a variety of reasons. At different times in their lives, children, young people and their families in these circumstances may need additional support and help from universal, targeted and specialist services.

There is strong evidence that helping families early and providing support at the right time at the right place can reduce the likelihood of problems escalating and improve long term outcomes for children, young people and their families. This enables families to move on from difficulty and lead happier and healthier lives.

The Smarter, Stronger, Sooner, Safer Strategic Framework is a statement outlining Tameside’s integrated approach to improving outcomes for children, young people and their families through early help. It provides a guide to the workforce on the vision, principles, model, priorities and enablers of early help that will impact on children and families lives.

Early help is morally the right thing to do and can make the biggest difference when support for families is provided before problems escalate. The concept of early help, or early intervention as it is sometimes known, reflects the widespread recognition that it is better to identify and resolve problems early, rather than to respond when difficulties have become acute, and demand action by more expensive and specialist services.
Working with a child and their family to address their needs early can reduce risk factors (the worries) and increase protective factors (what is working well). Protective factors can reduce risk to a child's wellbeing and includes:
  • Developing strong social and emotional skills
  • Having a strong social support network for the family
  • Support for good parental mental health
  • Having good income support, access to benefits and advice
  • Having access to good community services and facilities
Please click the button below to read the full Early Help Strategy.



The Neighbourhoods are:
  • North - Ashton

  • South - Hyde, Hattersley and Longdendale

  • East - Stalybridge, Mossley and Dukinfield

  • West - Denton, Droylsden and Audenshaw.

For the scale of population and geography in Tameside and learning from elsewhere, four neighbourhood areas would enable the partnership across Tameside to be manageable.
Our Tameside Families Together Family Intervention Workers, Early Years Workers, Early Help Assessment Advisors and the Neighbourhood Co-Ordinators all work in neighbourhoods.

Children’s Social Care, Health Visitors and School Nurses have now aligned their staff to neighbourhood areas and although at present they are largely centrally based it is anticipated that where possible they will co-locate in the future.

Our commissioned services Inspire, Homestart and Action Together are also aligned where possible by neighbourhoods.

Targeted Family Support

As part of the commitment from TMBC, the Tameside Families Together service (family intervention work) has been fully embedded within TMBC Children’s services. Inspire service / Homestart Family support / Youth Engagement Workers and Tameside Families Together  - this ensured additional resources to be provided and a wider range and number of families to be worked with. It has allowed us to scale up the key worker model across a wider range of agencies.  It allowed us to test an innovative and effective model of using resources to both create economies of scale and inform and drive forward the wider reform of public services and providing the help and support to children and families. All services are performance managed and to date are delivering successfully against the targets and performance measures. We are continuing to work with the key partners on a sustainability plan post 2020. Children and families are identified through the referrals to the Early Help Access Point/Early Help Panel.
The Smarter, Stronger, Sooner, Safer Early Help Strategic Framework  outlines Tameside’s integrated approach to improving outcomes for children, young people and their families through early help.
The Troubled Families (TF) Programme has been an integral part of our ambitious EH service offer and is one of several programmes and interventions that are embedded in our holistic Successful Family centred approach to service delivery. The TF approach has been a key driver within Tameside in terms of the Tameside Successful Family approach and public service reforms. By using the funding we have focussed on working with partners and families to embed new ways of working, align resources and ensure sustainability.

What to do if you are worried about a child

If the situation is immediately dangerous for the child then ring 999 and ask for the Police.

If you think a child is being abused, mistreated, or you have concerns about a child’s wellbeing, please contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub, your phone call is important as it could help to safeguard a child who may be at risk.

During office hours, please contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub on 0161 342 4101.
Monday to Wednesday: 8.30am - 5pm
Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4pm

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