Help with managing behaviour is one of the top topic’s parents tell us they want to have better information on, and support with. There are lots of things to try that can make a really big difference – some are quick wins, and some take longer to work. There is no magic wand that fixes things but by trying different approaches you may make things easier for your child and for you/your family.
It starts with trying to work out what happens and when, before then working out what things make the behaviour disappear, more manageable or worse. Some things work all the time and sometimes you’ll need to adapt as your child changes.
Talk to your child’s nursery or school – they will be able to help with advice and can access additional support from education and health services if needed. They can help you to explore what is working and what else you might try. If you have a health visitor or paediatrician, they will be able to offer advice and support too.
Early Help is a free Peterborough City Council service that helps families who need a bit of extra support. You might be worried about your child's behaviour or development. Or you and your family might experience some changes or difficulties that you can't manage by yourself. Whatever you are worried about, Early Help can support you and your family so that small problems do not become big problems.
The professionals who know you will assess the needs of your family using an Early Help Assessment. This will help you to get you support as quickly as possible.
It is a voluntary process. You choose whether to be involved and can withdraw from the process at any time. Sometimes, children and young people can make their own decisions about whether they need an Early Help Assessment, and who they want to support them.
If you think you and your family might benefit from some support, you should ask a professional who you know. This could be your doctor, or a teacher at your child’s school. They can tell you more about Early Help.
The Early Help Assessment process will help to identify additional support and co-ordinate the support around the family. More information can be found on the Early Help pages.