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.

The Request for Additional Service (RfAS) can be used to access targeted support for families, where unmet need has been identified through assessment, such as the Early Help Assessment Tool located within the Right for Children IT system.  The RfAS are discussed at regular early help triage meetings held in localities across Devon.

Please note we can only accept a RfAS where an early help assessment for families has been started on Right for Children, unless the needs of the family override this.

Request for Additional Service (Click to Download)

If you require support and assistance in offering children and families Early Help, please consult the following tool:

Early Help Locality Contact Information

Note: Please ‘refresh’ the page (press F5, Fn+F5 or Ctrl + F5) after loading to ensure you are viewing the current version.

‘Right for Children’, the new Early Help IT system is now live. The system replaces the previous ‘Holistix’ system, and will see the introduction of more streamlined Early Help assessment and planning tools.

Please direct all questions related to the Right for Children IT System to: rightforchildren@devon.gov.uk

For a list of ‘Right for Children’ awareness 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:-

>Providing support and advice to practitioners about how they complete the Early Help assessment, plan and review and the Early Help IT platform –‘Right For Children.’

>Signposting professionals and families to local services and support

>Supporting the identification of a lead practitioner

>Regular Early Help Triage Meetings

You can contact the Early Help Hubs via the following email addresses:-

Exeter Locality Alliance

Locality AllianceInfo & Meeting Dates

Early Help Practitioners ForumInfo & Meeting Datesto book your place on the practitioner forum, click here.

Mid & East Devon Locality Alliance

NOTE: there will be no Mid & East Alliance meeting in August, the next meeting will take place on the 25th September at the Tiverton Youth Centre.

Locality AllianceInfo & Meeting Dates

Early Help Practitioner Forums – Info & Meeting dates – to book your place on the practitioner forum, click here

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