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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Early Help Support and Assessment

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The right help, at the right time, in the right place.

We believe Early Help is a collaborative approach, not a provision.  All children and young people will receive Universal Services, however, some children, either because of their needs or circumstances, will require extra support to achieve their potential.

Children need to be safe and confident that the adult world understands their needs and recognises their vulnerabilities.  For children and young people who need some support, a multi-agency approach is usually best based on a Early Help Assessment.

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 solutions and support. The assessment process is underpinned by collaborative partnership working with families and the child or young person remaining at the centre.


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. 

If you feel your family or a family you know would benefit from support, you can complete the Request for Support form and email to  Alternatively you can call 01642 526526 or visit our Child and Family Support page.


Stockton's process

This process applies to all professionals working with, or coming into contact with, all children, young people and families.

          This form enables professionals to assess a child's competency to consent.

          This will help professionals to understand the assessment areas and provides suggested questions.


Stockton's forms from 1 January 2016

          For those agencies that do not work directly with children, but believe early help may benefit the family.

  This form requires consent, and consent must be obtained from a parent/carer and/or a Fraser competent    young person before starting the assessment.

  This form is for the assessment on siblings and other children in the family situation.

  This is the section to complete at review meetings.

  These forms are to be used when there are more than 6 children in the family situation.

  This form is to be completed to make referrals to other agencies.

  A SAFER Referral is required for those children that are at risk of significant harm.


Contact the Early Help Assessment (EHA) Team

Stockton has a dedicated team to help and support professionals through the EHA process.

Telephone: 01642 526526 (main number)


Address: Early Help Assessment Team, Early Help Service, Stockton on Tees Borough Council, Tithebarn House, High Newham Road, Stockton on Tees, TS19 8RH

Contact a EHA Support Officers for advice and support

 EHA Support Officer - Billingham  Tel: 01642 526508
 EHA Support Officer - North    Tel: 01642 524248
 EHA Support Officer - Central   Tel: 01642 526435
 EHA Support Officer - South (Thornaby)  Tel: 01642 527381
 EHA Support Officer - South  Tel: 01642 527437
 Main Number:  Tel: 01642 526526
 CAMHS - Advice and Support  Tel: 01642 526095