CH LBR 006

How do you know if your early help services are working? Leaders' Briefing (2016)

Published: 22/11/2016

Author: Brooks C, Bowyer S



Understanding the role of effective early help in a local system of support for children, young people and families is vital. Local leaders need clarity about how early help provision is targeted to achieve impact and to know what difference it makes in measurable terms. Providing answers to these questions requires a systemwide approach to analysing local need, ‘SMART’ (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely) evaluation of local services and close monitoring of the impact of innovative early help approaches.

This briefing is intended to support local leaders (such as elected representatives, Chairs and members of local strategic bodies) seeking to lead effective early help in the face of reducing resources and rising demand.

Professional Standards

PQS:KSS - Relationships and effective direct work | Organisational context | Shaping and influencing the practice system | Performance management and improvement | Creating a context for excellent practice | Designing a system to support effective practice | Quality assurance and improvement

PCF - Intervention and skills | Contexts and organisations | Professional leadership