Early Support - What is it? 

The Early Support Team is set up to improve the delivery of services for families of children with disabilities or complex health needs aged 0-5 years and not in full-time education.

The team aims to help deliver coordinated services for parents and carers, achieved by a designated Key Worker working with the family. The role of the Key Worker is to ensure that families receive help, support and information acting as an advocate for the family.

In order for families to access the Early Support Programme and receive Key Worker services, the child would either have a disability or complex health need. It is recognised that not all children with additional needs receive a medical diagnosis. As such, involvement with a child from three health professionals on a basis of high-level intervention (generally taken to be ongoing, with regular therapeutic input), will enable families to receive the service.

For more information, please visit the Early Support Team website.