Family Innovation Fund (FIF) Early Help – Essex

Family Innovation Fund early help services support children and young people aged 8 to 19 years and their parents, who are not already receiving statutory or specialist services.

The services are run by The Children’s Society, Kids Inspire and Southend YMCA. Support is offered around:

  • healthy family relationships
  • emotional wellbeing
  • good behaviour choices
  • social connections

Who can access

They must meet one of the following criteria:

  • moderate learning difficulties (without an Education and Health Care Plan)
  • low level behavioural issues (without an Education and Health Care Plan)
  • home educated
  • part time school timetables
  • risk of exclusion
  • risky behaviours (of self or others) that jeopardise personal safety
  • parents/carers in conflict (cohabiting/separated/stepparents)

How to access

Professionals can refer families using the forms below:


How the service is accessed

Professional referral.


Operational locations

  • Essex