Useful Contacts


To find out more about Safeguarding, local procedures and to report any concerns, visit the Safeguarding Children's Website to find out more

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Early Start

Early Start is an early intervention programme that has been designed for first time parents who feel they would benefit from regular, consistent support from a named Health Visitor. The programme aims to prepare for Parenthood and equip parents with skills and knowledge to overcome the challenges of parenting through the early years.

It is a voluntary service, which provides support & education around pregnancy, parenting and relationships via home visiting and involvement in groups. Early Start support begins antenatally, ideally before 24 weeks of pregnancy until the baby's 2nd birthday.

If you are working with anyone who can apply the following statements to themselves or their partner, Early Start might be able to help support them:

  • I am a first time parent
  • I am / my partner is under 24 weeks in pregnancy
  • I spent some of my childhood years in care
  • I had a social worker when I was a child
  • I have a histroy of mental health problems / depression / anxiety
  • I have learning difficulties
  • I am homeless / don't have anywhere permanent to live when the baby is born
  • I am in a difficult relationship with my partner
  • I have a history of being involved with the police
  • I have a history of abuse / drugs or alcoholism in my family
  • I have problems managing my money
  • I will have very little support when the baby arrives
  • I am not sure I want to be a parent yet
  • I have problems with my confidence

To make a referral to the Early Start team, phone Deborah Thurlby on 07879 848 371

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Provides Co-ordinated Sexual and Domestic Violence Services across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

The UAVA Service will provide highly skilled engagement and support options for those aged 13 years and over who are or have been affected by sexual violence or domestic abuse in their own intimate partner relationships.

Focusing on improving safety, health and wellbeing and reducing risk they will work closely with partner agencies to ensure a wider co-ordinated community response.

Professionals Only Referral Phone Line: 0116 255 0004 or email

Providing a simplified central referral point for professionals who want to make a referral to one of the UAVA services; it will also offer professionals a continued resource to navigate options and support available throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

UAVA provide a Helpline; IDVA Crisis Intervention; Safe Home & Refuge Services; ISVA Intervention, and Engagement & Recovery.

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Child Sexual Expoitation

This type of abuse could happen to any child or young person up to the age of 18 from any background. It happens to boys and young men as well as girls and young women.

You many be unsure about whether you're right to be worried about a young person, but it is important that you don't keep any concerns to yourself.

Who to contact for advice & support or to report a concern:

Children's Social Care - Leicestershire County Council: 0116 305 0005 email:

Police - for non-emergencies you should call 101. If you are concerned that a child or young person is immediate danger you should call 999

Safeguarding Children's Boards - more information is available on the website

The New Futures Project supports girls and boys at risk of sexual exploitation - 0116 251 0803

CEOP - The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) works across the UK tackling child sex abuse and exploitation

Barnardo's - the local Safeguarding Children's Board are supporting Barnardo's 'Cut Them Free' campaign to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation and help prevent it happening to young people in our area

Pace - A support and information agency for parents about child sesxual exploitation

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Teenage Pregnancy Knowledge Exchange

The Teenage Pregnancy Knowledge Exchange is a useful source of information on teenage pregnancy and you can sign up to their e-network to keep informed.

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