Bolton Safeguarding Children

Keeping Children Safe in Bolton

Concerned about a child?

If you are worried that a child may be being abused or neglected then please take action.


Working with Children and Young People

Early Help and Working Together

Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life.  For this to be effective, all agencies are required to work together to:

  • Identify children and families who would benefit from support early
  • Undertake an assessment of need
  • Provide services to address those needs

All workers are responsible for using standard ways of working with families to identify the right support that can be delivered quickly to prevent things from getting worse. They have a responsibility to share information, work together and co-ordinate action plans.

This might mean when a child:

  • Is disabled and has specific additional needs
  • Has special educational needs
  • Is a young carer
  • Is showing signs of engaging in anti-social or criminal behaviour
  • Is in a family circumstance presenting challenges for the child, such as substance abuse, adult mental health, domestic violence
  • Is showing early signs of neglect or abuse

The Integrated Working Team provides advice, support, guidance documents and training on Early Help processes.  They can be contacted on:

Phone: 01204 331392


Writing: Integrated Working Team, Ground Floor, Castle Hill Centre, Castleton Street, Bolton BL2 2JW

Bolton’s Early Help Offer is now further strengthened with the implementation of the Early Help and Complex Families Hub; click here to find out more about the Hub and how it can support your work or contact on

Phone: 01204 337072


Writing: Early Help and Complex Families Hub, Ground Floor, Castle Hill Centre, Castleton Street, Bolton BL2 2JW