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Early Help

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 232200.

Please contact Debbie Mohindra on 01782 236187, email 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

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.

New dates for champions meetings will be published shortly

to book on to one of these sessions please EMAIL your request to
please note we are UNABLE to take telephone bookings for these events.

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


Useful links and tools:

Adobe - To view these documents you will need a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader. To download a free copy go to

Related Files:

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