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Early Help - Enhanced Evidence Based Practice (EEBP) Coronavirus update

The Early Help Service remains operational during the Covid-19 pandemic, albeit with restricted capacity and provision.  We are continuing to work creatively during this period to ensure families most in need are able to access a range of support through various mediums such as online, telephone and video call. 

Please continue to submit Early Help assessments and TAF paperwork (which can be downloaded from the document page of the local offer) to  

For further information call 0800 023 2057

Who are we?

EEBP (Enhanced Evidence Based Practice) is an intervention offered within the Early Help Service at Bedford Borough to support young people with mild to moderate anxiety or low mood.

What do we do?

EEBP is based upon Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) principles and is an evidence based intervention. We are able to work with young people in school, home or in the community. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of talking therapy which focuses on how thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect your feelings and behaviour, and teaches you coping skills for dealing with different problems. There are typically three interventions used within the EEBP to support young people. These are;

Graded Exposure – this intervention is a way of treating a range of anxiety problems. It works best with simple phobias or other problems where you can identify what it is that you are anxious about. The basic idea is to gradually expose yourself to the feared situation in a way that allows you to control your fear at each step.

Worry Management – this intervention is a set of techniques to help reduce the impact of worrying or to solve practical problems. Worry management includes identifying and classifying worries initially then using either Worry Time or Problem Solving to manage these.

Behaviour Activation – when you feel low or depressed you may be less likely to do the things you enjoy or avoid other potentially pleasurable activities. Behaviour activation is designed to increase your contact with positively rewarding activities.

Alongside these interventions there is an emphasis in delivering Psychoeducation to the young person in-order for them to have a better understanding how certain mental health presentations can begin, be maintained and how their body works in relation to certain presentations.

Early Help and Intervention Handbook 

For a detailed guide of the service offered by Early Help, the handbook is available here




Who to contact

Contact Position
Early Help Professional

Where to go

Can be seen home, school or in the community.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Any day of the week for referral / Advice,Training Days TBC / Varied

Other Details




Referral required
Referral Details

Referral through an Early Help Assessment

Age Bands
11-14 years old
Parents and carers
15-17 years old
5-10 years old