The Early Help Assessment (EHA)
Is a tool designed to help practitioners work with a family to identify their children's needs and enable a group of practitioners to come together and form a Team Around the Family (TAF).
The Role of the Team Around the Family (TAF)
Is to create a bespoke Support Plan to bring about planned changes which address the needs identified in the Early Help Assessment. This will lead to improved outcomes for children, young people and their families.
Information Sharing is an important part of this process.
The Steps to Open and Complete an Early Help Assessment
1. Make sure an Early Help Assessment is not already in place by contacting:
Or open to Social Care by contacting:
2. Ensure you are familiar with Early Help Assessment Process Flowchart
3. Ensure the family understand the Privacy Statement and have signed a copy to verify their understanding.
4. If necessary, please see the LSCB procedure for 'Hard to Engage Families' found in the Pan-Dorset Multi-Agency Safeguarding Policies and Procedures Manual
5. Download and use the Early Help Assessment to record and analyse the information you have gathered.
Early Help Assessment
This is a one size fits all document which you can 'grow' to fit the size of the family you are assessing. The first page of each document shows you how to do this.
We also have a version called the Wrap Around Early Help Assessment. You would use this if you did not need to complete the assessment section as you already have a current up to date holistic assessment from another source.
6. Register the Early Help Assessment (please include a copy of the signed Privacy Statement) by securely emailing it to :
7. Once the Early Help Assessment has been completed and agreed, use the Team Around the Family (TAF) Support Plan & Review to record actions and review progress at each Team Around the Family meeting. A fresh version of this document must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org after each Review.
Closing an Early Help Assessment
You must email email@example.com to advise an Early Help Assessment has been closed and attach the final Review.
For Further Help
For guidance on using the Early Help Assessment form or Team Around the Family (TAF) Support Plan & Review form, please contact:
The Family Support Hub can give advice on potential Team Around the Family (TAF) membership and next steps with the Support Plan.
They may ask you to fill in a Needs Identification Form (NIF).
The ART Brokerage Service can give advice on potential services and resources to help meet the needs you have identified through the Early Help Assessment.
Training for the Early Help Assessment is contained within the following modules:
Early Help Arrangements Modules 1 & 2
Early Help Arrangements Module 3