Every individual child deserves the best opportunity to fulfill their physical, emotional, intellectual and social potential.
Children need to be safe and confident that the adult world understands their needs and recognises their vulnerability in early years and their needs in preparation for adolescence and adulthood.
The Early Help Assessment (EHA) tool (also known as Common Assessment Framework) is a national standardised approach that can be used across all services working with children, young people and their families to offer early intervention.
It is a holistic assessment that helps assess need early and looks at a child's strengths, needs and goals after considering all aspects of his/her life, family and environment.
The assessment is designed to be shared between professionals and used as a starting point for planning a response for support. The assessment process is underpinned by collaborative partnership working with families and the child or young person.
The purpose of an Early Help Assessment
The assessment process for children, young people and families will help agencies meet the obligations set by Sections 10 and 11 of the Children Act 2004 to make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. The assessment will help early identification of need and promote co-ordinated service provision for children with additional needs.
This process applies to all professionals working with, or coming into contact with, all children, young people and families.
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 follow link for further information on forms and process https://www.stockton.gov.uk/eha