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Welcome to the Early Support area of the Every Child Matters website

Early Support was developed by parents, carers and practitioners. It's a national programme that is being introduced and used in LAs, hospitals and community-based health services across England to ensure families are kept at the heart of discussion and decision-making about their child. 

What is Early Support?

The Early Support programme is managed by the DCSF, and was developed in response to the Government guidance Together from the start. Early Support is now part of the wider Aiming High for Disabled Children programme which is transforming services for disabled children across England. 

Who is Early Support for?

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Early Support is for families with disabled children under five and anyone who regularly works with them. There is a wide range of people using Early Support, including;

This area of the Every Child Matters website provides families, practitioners and key workers with information on the Early Support programme, how Early Support can be implemented and how practitioners and families work together. You can find information on Early Support in practice, materials and resources and training..

'Getting everyone, families and professionals, working effectively together at the earliest opportunity is vital for parents with a young disabled child – that’s the key strength of the Early Support programme.'
The Rt Hon. Gordon Brown, Prime Minister

'Having someone to walk that difficult journey with us has made such a difference.'


What families say about Early Support  

Read about What families say about Early Support and what their experiences of using the services and key workers have been. 

What practitioners say about Early Support

Many practitioners have said that Early Support allows them to work as they really want to – in partnership with parents and with colleagues in other agencies.

You can read more about What practitioners say about Early Support


  A full list of Early Support videos can be viewed on the Videos page.


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Last updated on 12/08/2009