What is Early Help?

Every family has its ups and downs.  Being a parent is hard work and there are no instructions.  Sometimes, families may need extra support.  This may be before children are born, when they are very young, or throughout their school years.  Early Help helps families recognise what's going well for them, where they may benefit from extra help and who is the best person to work with the family to make this happen.

Early Help is available for children and young people up to the age of 18 and their families who may need extra support.  Early Help is entirely voluntary, so if you don't think it is right for your child, then you don't have to consent to Early Help.

Many Early Help services can be accessed directly via schools, GPs or other organisations. If you feel that a child or family has need for a higher level of support, please contact the Children’s Services Front Door on 01275 888 808

For the latest information download the Early Help Newsletter:  September 2020

For more information visit the on-line directory

Parenting Support

Parenting Groups

Children and Family Hubs Parenting Offer North Somerset, September - December 2020 and beyond

Parenting in North Somerset is as it has always been, high on the agenda and is undergoing some exciting changes. As part of the early help offer, we are looking at parenting services across the age range, 0-19 years.
COVID-19 is not stopping us in Children and Family Hubs as we have the following groups on offer to families in North Somerset between September and December 2020.


October 2020 Mellow Bumps

Mellow Bumps is an attachment based antenatal group programme intended to decrease stress levels of mums-to-be in pregnancy and improve mother-infant attunement by building awareness with participants that babies are prepared for social interaction from birth.


For more information contact: [email protected]


September 2020 Incredible years 6-12 years


Incredible Years School Age Basic is a targeted-indicated programme for parents with a child between the age of 6 and 12 years, who have concerns about their child's behaviour. The programme aims to increase the use of effective parenting strategies and ultimately to reduce antisocial or criminal behaviour.


For more information contact: [email protected]


September 2020 Incredible years 3-6 years


The Incredible Years (IY) Preschool basic programme is for parents with concerns about the behaviour of a child between the ages of three and six. Parents attend 12 to 14 weekly group sessions where they learn strategies for interacting positively with their child and discouraging unwanted behaviour


For more information contact: [email protected]


Non-Violent resistance- to be updated


The course aims to offer a series of tools and techniques to support parents and carers of children / young people who display challenging attitudes and behaviours. Parents are guided through a set of core principles based on the idea of carefully planned actions (hence the NVR motto ‘strike when the iron is cold’).


Tools also introduce the principles of "connection before correction". As parents gain greater confidence and self-control, this enables difficult issues to be addressed in an effective manner through a process of increasing parental presence. As parental presence grows, so does the rebuilding of the loving parent/child relationship.


For more information contact: [email protected]