Raise an Early Help Assessment
About the Early Help Assessment
The Early Help Assessment (EHA) has been developed from the Signs of Safety and Well Being methodology. The practitioners work with a parent(s) or young person to gather information and build a picture of what is currently happening, including where there are strengths and what the concerns are. This assessment helps the practitioners to analyse current needs, develop an action plan and set goals that can be used at TAC meetings to review if progress is being made. The assessment is shared with other services and is used as a tool for referral into other services when required.
Before you start
Early Help is a consent-based support and referrals will not be accepted without one.
- Verbal consent is adequate for work carried out entirely within Early Help
- Written consent must be sought before sharing any information with any other agencies
If you think that it is likely that you will be sharing information outside of Early Help, you should ask the family for written consent.
Your consent is required so that:
- You and your family can access support from Early Help
- Information can be stored and shared between services to ensure you and your family receive the right level of support from the Team Around the Family. Should any additional specialist services be identified, you will be asked for consent to share your information
What happens next
A social worker will review your referral within 24 hours to:
- Screen for safeguarding concerns that may require a referral to the Wandsworth Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
- Request further information from referrer before progressing referral
- Send the referral to the relevant Early Help Service for allocation
The service will then update you on the referral and allocation within 5 working days from referral.