Early Help is the response made when a professional identifies needs with a child/family and works with another agency or agencies to meet those needs.
At this level of need an Early Help Assessment (EHA) should be completed with the child and family to identify needs and agreed desired outcomes. A good assessment of needs and the establishment of achievable and measurable outcomes is an essential element of effective early help. Any worker from a service that supports families can initiate this process.
An Early Help Assessment can be carried out with any child or young person from pre-birth up to age 19 (up to the age of 25 if the young person has a learning difficulty or disability).
The completion of an EHA would trigger a response from different agencies. A date should be set for a Team Around the Family (TAF) meeting, in order to identify a co-ordinator, agree the plan and which agency would work to achieve each of the agreed outcomes.
When a professional or group of professionals is concerned about how to deliver the plan or are unable to identify an appropriate co-ordinator, the case should be taken to the Area Early Help and Family Support Panel.
The LSCB website also includes the Early Help Directory, which provides information about agencies and organisations who can bring expertise and resource to Team Around the Family. Further information is also available on the Cumbria Local offer site: Local Offer
Assessment and registrations forms available and further information on the delivery of Early Help
More information on the Early Help & Family Support Panels
For further information on Early Help Training
Early Help Assessment Training
How to write an Early Help Assessment
More information on the Early Help Team
For further information on the Early Help Strategy