Home-Start focuses on the five years between birth and school, primarily serving families with children younger than age 5. The HomVEE review is based on Home-Start used with families with children age 5 years or younger.
The program supports families who might be struggling to cope with a variety of challenges, including perinatal mental health issues, disability, domestic violence, isolation, poverty, bereavement, multiple births, and the demands of parenting young children.
Families may request support or may be referred by their general practitioner or other social service, health, education, or early years professional. The program is provided to families that request or agree to home visits by a local Home-Start volunteer.