Early help and prevention service

    Schools and partnerships

    The Early Help Schools and Partnership Team work closely with schools and community organisations. They provide early help for local children, families and young people. This includes support for:

    • Parents who would like parenting advice. We want to help you give your children the best start.
    • Young people leaving school and moving into further education or employment.
    • Professionals involved with Team Around the Family assessments.


    Our parenting platform on the Local Offer has lots of information to help you. Access free online courses and tips. Learn about what is going on in your local area. For example parenting support within schools, activities in children’s centres.

    Search ‘parenting platform’ on westcheshirelocaloffer.co.uk

    Young people leaving school

    Each year a number of young people leave school and do not move into education, employment or training. These young people are known as NEET (not in education, employment or training).

    Our Young People’s Service helps young people plan for the future. They help them make the most of their life and career opportunities and aspirations. They can support you to make a successful and continued move into education, employment or training.

    How can we help you?

    Call into one of our drop in sessions.
    They are held each week in Chester, Ellesmere Port, Northwich and Winsford.
    Search ‘Young People’s Service’ on cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk for venues and times.
    Or call or email for details of drop in times.

    You can also make an appointment to speak to an advisor:

    Team Around the Family (TAF)

    A TAF is a way of working out what extra support you and your family may need. It is used to get everyone working together to identify the needs and strengths of your family. It looks at what extra support you may need and who is best to help you. Many young people have benefited from TAFs and found them to be a positive experience.

    Our TAF advisors work with the professionals to help them to help you. They offer tailored advice, guidance and support to improve the quality of assessments and plans. The team also work in schools to promote TAF. Advisors deliver training and supervision to increase the number of TAF assessments. This helps those families in need to receive high quality, effective early intervention.

    A TAF for you?

    If you feel you and your family would like a Team Around the Family assessment please speak to a professional who is already supporting you. For example a health visitor, a professional from school, a youth worker or a housing officer. You can also call your district Early Help and Prevention Team direct:

    • Northwich and Winsford: 01244 972908
    • Ellesmere Port and Neston: 0151 337 4535
    • Chester and Rural: 01244 977720