Early support team

The Early Support Programme is for families with disabled children under five years of age and anyone who regularly works with them. 

It was developed by parents, carers and practitioners. It is a national programme to ensure families are kept at the heart of decision making about their child.

The aim of early support is to provide:

  • good information for parents
  • a multi-agency approach with families at the centre
  • designated key workers
  • training to support early years practitioners

Working together is the key to providing the best care and support for disabled children. Early support provides information, resources and support.

Key working

Early support promotes and facilitates the development of a key worker service. Key workers act as a single point of contact and can reduce stress by encouraging everyone who is in contact with a child to work better as a group. They aim to achieve better co-ordinated packages of help and advice and to keep parents and carers at the heart of decision making about their child.

Referral process

The service is offered to families residing within Salford who have a child under five with a complex need or disability.

Referrals can only be made online by parent/carer, or by a professional with parental consent.

Online referral


Case study

Read about Rachel's story and how the early support team and portage service provide support for her son and family.

This page was last updated on 24 August 2018

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