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Early Help: A Practitioners Guide

Where a professional feels that a child or young person may need additional support (beyond that available from a single agency) ,a co-ordinated multi agency approach is usually best.

Early help assessments (EHA) provide the opportunity to share information with practitioners from other agencies to clarify the nature of the concerns; identify the needs of the child/young person and agree the appropriate support and how it will be coordinated. The focus of the EHA is to determine the need for early help and the actions to be taken to improve outcomes for families and children.

The Family Centre service co-ordinate and monitor EHAs across the borough on behalf of all partners.

For more information and step by step instructions on how to undertake an Early Help Assessment click the link below:

Click the link below to access the toolkit for professionals which includes the checklists, guidance, and document templates that you'll need to help you conduct an early help assessment.

Click on the Useful Downloads on the right side of this page for quick access to:

  • Request for Targeted support form
  • Your Local Family Centre leaflet
  • Early Help: A Guide for Parents and Carers Leaflet

If you need any Early Help leaflets to pass to families you can contact Families Information Service or your nearest Family Centre


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Last updated on 11/05/2021
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