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Step Across to Early Help from Children’s Social Care

The ‘step across’ approach describes how a family can move out from statutory social care services to receiving support through Early Help.

We all want a child’s journey through universal, targeted and specialist services to be as smooth and time limited as possible. The ‘step across’ process is intended to maintain children at universal and targeted level as much as possible by ensuring early intervention is provided in a timely manner, and any step to statutory social care is only agreed when children’s needs cannot be met though Early Help.

Step Across PowerPoint (June 2023)

Best Practice Guidance for Children’s Social Care: Step Across to Early Help from Children’s Social Care

If you are worried about the safety or wellbeing of a child or young person in Devon,
please complete the request for support online form.


If you think that the child is at risk of significant harm,
contact our Front Door directly by calling 0345 155 1071.


In an emergency call 999.