Early Help assessments and plans
The Early Help assessment is a tool to discuss and record the family's needs, strengths, the goals they would like to or need to achieve and this leads to a plan to support them. Should the family require more intensive support, it is important that practitioners have completed this record as it will avoid duplication of effort, the family having to repeat their story and will enable Targeted Help or specialist sources to make an accurate decision about how best to help.
Early Help Plans (EHPs) can be developed using existing assessment and planning processes within agencies. For example, schools may choose to use an SEND Support Plan. Alternatively, there is an Early Help Assessment template which anyone working with children and families can use.
The Early Help Plan is based on a best practice approach to engaging families. The approach used in assessing families makes them central to identifying their needs, supporting them to tell their own story in their own words and being key to planning, implementing and sustaining the changes they need.
Once a plan is developed, the Lead Professional will work with the family and relevant services to implement and review the plan.
Early Help Plans must be given to all family members that were involved, including children and young people (age and understanding permitting).