What is Early Help?
- Preventing, or minimising the risk, of problems arising-usually through universal services such as school, children’s centres, youth work and health provision.
- Early intervention by targeting individuals, groups at high risk or those showing early signs of a particular problem to try to stop it occurring or escalating.
- Providing early help services that respond effectively to needs, to redress the situation, stop problems getting worse and improve outcomes.
What is the Early Help Assessment (EHA)?
- Having been identified early on, the scale and nature of these problems are properly understood and a plan for offering help is developed through a process of high quality assessment in Stoke-on-Trent this is the Early Help Assessment tool.
1. Early Help Assessment; (updated 19/11/15)
2. Early Help Action Plan; (updated 18/12/14)
3. Early Help Assessment Toolkit; (updated 23/06/15)
4. Not in use
5. Current list of Champions; (updated 17/08/16)
6. Not in use
7. General information (updated 21/01/15)
* National and Local Context
* Role of the Lead Worker
* Role of the Early Help Assessment Champion
8. Early Help Assessment - good example
9. Early Help Action plan - good example
10. Early Help Work Action Plan (updated 25/02/15)
Click on this link to register your Early Help Assessment or call 01782 236334.
Please contact Sam Matthias on 01782 231964, email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
For practitioners working in the Staffordshire area click on the link to Staffordshire County Council website.
For further information, advice and guidance to help you to support children, young people and families, contact the Advice and Access Team on 01782 232200 or email CW@stoke.gov.uk.
Early Help Assessment Champions
Named champions should be nominated by all internal and external agencies. Briefing sessions are being held to enable Champions to cascade the use of the Early Help Assessment within their own organisations.
Dates for the next Champions Meeting are to be arranged.
To book on a session please contact us via email on email@example.com
It would be useful for nominated champions to read documents 1-7 before attending the champions meeting. These can be downloaded
from the related links shown at the bottom of this page. These will be reviewed regularly; the EHA Team would welcome any
feedback via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Useful links and tools:
- SOT Guide to Levels of Need Early Help and Safeguarding Threshold Criteria 2016- (click on the link below) This guide is intended for use by professionals who work regularly with children and young people. It is intended to be a guide only, to support professionals in identifying needs of children, young people and their parents and carers and identifying possible interventions to meet those needs.
- Examples of Early Help Assessment and Action Plan (see related links)
- Domestic Abuse Services - Practical guide to help with abusive situations.
- Early Help Strategy 2014 - 2016 - This can be accessed from the Children and Young People's Strategic Partnership Plan website (click on the link)
- What locality am I in?
- Stoke-on-Trent School Directory
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