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How to get help


Early help

Sometimes being a parent is hard and you may need some extra help.

There are lots of avenues of support available to you including throughout your child’s life.

This includes Midwives, Health Visitors, GPs, Children and Family Centre’s, nurseries, Schools and other workers you might be in contact with such as PSCOs or Housing Officers.

Early Help Services in Bucks

Early Help is about ensuring that children and families receive the support they need at the right time.

Providing early help is more effective in promoting the welfare of children than reacting later.

Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life, from the foundation years through to the teenage years.

Two hands holding one hand in theirsFamily Support Services Buckinghamshire

The Family Support Service can offer help to children aged 0-19 (up to 25 with SEND) and their families.

A range of options are available including online help, Family Centres, drop-ins, courses, youth programmes and one to one support for individuals or families with more complex issues.

For more information about the service please go to the Family Support Service web pages or call 01296 383293.

Report a concern

If you are worried about a child it’s important to raise your concerns.

If you think that a child you know is in immediate danger, call the Police straight away 999.

First Response Team

You can raise any concerns with the First Response Team. Buckinghamshire Children’s Services have a team that are there to help you. You can also discuss any concerns by contacting First Response.

Telephone: 01296 383 962, Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5.30pm or Friday 9am to 5pm


If you need an urgent response outside of these hours, contact the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0800 999 7677.