Early Support

We are based at the Council for Disabled Children at the National Children's Bureau, with a small central team, responsible for ensuring that Early Support is extended from birth to adulthood and embedded in local areas across England.

Together, the central and regional teams work with education, health, social care, the voluntary and private sectors across all regions to help them plan together for the strategic development and effective use of Early Support and its resources.

Our aim is to increase the chances that disabled children, young people and their families are able to live 'ordinary' lives.

On 1st October 2013, Early Support was granted funding by the Department for Education to deliver an ambitious programme to support the delivery of the SEND reforms through working in partnerships in local authority areas, offering individual support where necessary. In addition to this Early Support will be offering key working training across the regions.

In the meantime if you have any questions about Early Support please contact Jane Harrison at jharrison@ncb.org.uk or Martin Bull at mbull@ncb.org. uk 


Early Support App

The new free Early Support app will provide another way for parents and carers to record and store important information about their children. Keep updated on the launch of the app here.


Early Support Principles


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What difference can Early Support make?

Early Support's practical resources and training enable a way of working that:-

  • Helps practitioners and managers to put children, young people and their families at the centre of holistic, coordinated and seamless service delivery.
  • Supports children, young people and their families to take control of their lives, gain a firm basis of knowledge and communicate their expertise in a way that enables them to:
    • make informed choices
    • take the lead in decision making
    • become active partners in service planning, improvement and deliver.
  • Provides the context in which services can work in an integrated way within a single assessment and planning process.

For further information please contact us.

Email: earlysupport@ncb.org.uk
Telephone: 020 7843 6000