Early Help

What is the Early Help Assessment?

The Early Help Assessment (EHA) is a way of bringing together services to ensure children, young people and their families get the help and support they need.

The assessment involves listening to you and your child.

By working together with you, we can help your child receive the right support at an early stage - before a small need grows into a larger one.

The assessment will ensure that everyone involved with your child, such as teachers, health visitors, nursery staff, or youth workers, work together to support your child. This will be recorded on to the EHA form and with your agreement, can be shared so that you will not need to repeat the same information to different services.

The assessment can be used if you or someone who works with your child feels that they would benefit from extra support. It will identify your child’s additional needs and other services required to support your family.

Once you understand what the assessment has to offer and would like to start using the process:

  • You give basic details such as name, address and date of birth of the child/young person which will be recorded on to an EHA form.
  • You then decide which services are allowed to see your details and give consent to the form being kept on file.
  • A meeting called a ‘Team Around the Child’ (TAC) meeting is then arranged which you and your child (if appropriate) should attend.
  • At the TAC meeting you and your child will help to decide what support you need and which services to involve. You will also agree a ‘Lead Professional’ who will be your main contact, giving you support, answering your questions, speaking on your behalf when you need them to and following up to make sure agreed actions are carried out.
  • You will then meet again to look at what has worked and what still needs to be done until you are happy with the results achieved for you and your family.

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