Early Help services work with children, young people and their families up to the age of 19, or 25 where the child or young person has a disability. The aim is for families who need additional support to get help as early as possible, so they can tackle their problems and improve their lives.

Families requiring support from Early Help services might be experiencing a range of difficulties including:

  • substance misuse issues
  • poor physical or mental health
  • parenting problems
  • unemployment.

Early Help support is delivered by many organisations in Lambeth including children centres, schools and local charities.

We also have an in-house team that consists of Early Help advisors, education welfare officers and employment advisors who can support you to tackle your problems.

How to get help

The service is consent lead and can be accessed through a referral to the integrated referral hub.

To make a referral contact us:


If you're a professional please call us on 020 7926 3100 to make a referral for Early Help.

You should also follow up your referral in writing by filling in the new multi-agency referral form (MARF) and sending to the above email.

If you have been using a different assessment framework such as a CAF, then it is important that the assessment currently in use is attached to the MARF to provide increased oversight and rationale for enhanced services from the local authority.