Early Help Assessment
The assessment helps identify where a family needs help; it is not needed when there is a simple solution to the problem. Early Help is voluntary; the family must consent to any support given. The assessment is completed by a trained professional, who is known to the family:
- health visitor;
- school nurse;
- any professional the family is comfortable talking to.
Training is available if you need to complete an assessment.
Undertaking an assessment
When you or a colleague are ready to complete the assessment:
- arrange to meet the family to complete the assessment form;
- consider the outcomes you would like to agree with the family;
- decide who needs to be involved - professionals and services who are able to help the family achieve the agreed outcomes;
- send a copy of the assessment form to your area Early Help Officer team.
You can then arrange the first Family Support Meeting (FSM) An Early Help Officer will be allocated to support you and will contact you to discuss next steps.