The right help, at the right time, in the right place.
We believe Early Help is a collaborative approach, not a provision. All children and young people will receive Universal Services, however, some children, either because of their needs or circumstances, will require extra support to achieve their potential.
Children need to be safe and confident that the adult world understands their needs and recognises their vulnerabilities. For children and young people who need some support, a multi-agency approach is usually best based on current information being gathered using an Early Help Involvement Form.
The Early Help Involvement is a tool (also known as Common Assessment Framework) that allows professionals understand the families current situation. This offers a standardised approach that can be used across all services working with children, young people and their families to offer early intervention.
The involvement form is designed to assess and be shared between professionals and used as a starting point for planning solutions and support. The assessment process is underpinned by collaborative partnership working with families and the child or young person remaining at the centre.
This process applies to all professionals working with, or coming into contact with, all children, young people and families.
Contact the Early Help Assessment (EHA) Team
Stockton has a dedicated team to help and support professionals and families through the Early Help process.
Telephone: 01642 526123
The Early Help Assessment Team can:
- Offer support to agencies in the use of the Early Help Assessment (EHA) tool
- Facilitate Team around the Family meetings
- Build confidence in professionals to offer effective early help to children and Families
- Help professionals maximise opportunities with the EHA
- Provide on-site support to agencies and settings
- Provide single agency training on the use of the EHA tool
Please visit the Early Help Support and Involvement page on the Stockton Council website for more information on forms and process.