Coronavirus: council service information and advice
Information about changes to council services as a result of coronavirus
On this page you will find information about the Early Help and Prevention Service for professionals. There is also a list of resources in the documents section. Read more about the service on the Early Help and Prevention page.
Making a referral
You can access support from The Early Help and Prevention Service by sending an Inter-Agency Contact Form with or without an Early Help Assessment to the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) at MASH@secure.portsmouthcc.gov.uk for a decision around whether an Early Help response or Children and Families Services response is required.
MASH will forward the referral to the Early Help and Prevention team and they will inform the referrer of the outcome within 24 hours of receiving the information.
Request for additional help around single issues such as addiction problems, healthy weight, smoking cessation etc can be made directly to the Early Help and Prevention inbox: EarlySupportReferralPanel@Secure.Portsmouthcc.gov.uk.
Tier 2 co-ordinators
Tier 2 co-ordinators work in the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Early Help Team to help when cases are assessed as meeting a Tier 2 threshold. The co-ordinators will assist in identifying support needs with the family and act as a critical friend to guide the professional network in undertaking a plan of support including Early Help Assessments (EHA), meetings and effective family plans. Tier 2 co-ordinators support Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Board training in Early Help procedures and advise professionals in the city about procedures, local support services and facilities that may be available for a family. Co-ordinators can be reached on the numbers below:
North Locality - Denise Hooper
Tel: 023 9243 7633
Central Locality - TBC
South Locality - TBC