Early Help is a term used to describe the earliest intervention that a family receive in response to emerging additional needs of a family member/s. When a family’s needs increase, more than one service may be required to meet the needs. Early help is the name given to the way services work together, in a co-ordinated way to support the family.

New processes for Early Help are being released and more information will be added shortly.

In Devon, the early help system is made up of service users, community resources, universal service providers and targeted services working together to enable families to manage their own dilemmas and solve their own problems, making whatever changes are necessary to secure the well-being of their children, enabling appropriate risk management in the community and a proportionate response to risk and need.

Read more about the Early Help offer in Devon below.

Alliance Principles

The Child and Young Person’s Journey

Early Help Family Consent Form

Frequently asked questions

The Devon Early Help Assessment is a tool used by all partners in Devon to assess the Early Help needs of a family and individual family members. It is a multi-agency gathering of information in order that any additional needs within a family can be understood and the process of providing or accessing support can begin. This will mean that the family and everyone involved can make a plan to provide that support. Part of that process may include a Team Around The Family (TAF) meeting taking place, with the family to discuss the help they need and who will provide it.

If at any point in the process, a child or young person is considered to be at risk of significant and immediate harm, a direct referral to the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) or a call to the Police may be necessary.

Right for Children – Quick Reference Guide

Right for Children – Guidance Notes

Right for Children – User terms and conditions


For a list of ‘Right for Children’ training sessions, please click here.


In each of the four localities – Northern, Exeter, East and Mid, and Southern – there are Early Help Hubs, where the Early Help Locality Officers, Family Intervention Teams, Youth Intervention teams and REACH workers are based. Early Help support and advice can be provided through the Early Help Hubs this includes;

Early Help Locality Contact Information

Exeter Locality Alliance

Locality AllianceInfo & Meeting Dates

Early Help Practitioners ForumInfo & Meeting Dates

Mid & East Devon Locality Alliance

Locality AllianceInfo & Meeting Dates

North Devon & Torridge Locality Alliance

Locality AllianceMeeting Dates

South & West Devon Locality Alliance

Locality Alliance – Meeting Dates

Early Help Practitioners ForumMeeting Dates

Search for Early Help on the Devon Community Directory