Early help assessments - information for professionals

We're promoting the early help assessment approach.

Where needs are emerging or low level, individual services and universal services may be able to meet these needs, take swift action and prevent those needs escalating. Agencies who identify the emerging needs of a child and their family should complete Part A of the Early Help Assessment (EHA).

Starting Point request for support form.

Where the support for a child, young person and their family requires the involvement of more than one agency, part B of the EHA should be completed and a team around the family (TAF) convened. The TAF should include the appropriate agencies who may contribute to a TAF Plan, for example:

  • school pastoral teams
  • school health
  • behaviour support service
  • education psychologist
  • police safer neighbourhood team
  • child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS).

The TAF should meet regularly to review the progress made and the outcomes achieved.

View the guidance and support on completing the early help assessment: