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 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 it to the Early Help Assesment Team at firstname.lastname@example.org , alternatively you can telephone 01642 526526.
This process applies to all professionals working with, or coming into contact with, all children, young people and families.
Early help Procedure and information
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.
For those agencies that do not work directly with children, but believe the EHA 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.
Stockton has a dedicated team to help and support professionals through the EHA process.
Telephone: 01642 526526
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|
|CAMHS - Advice and Support||Tel: 01642 526095|
|Main number||Tel: 01642 526526|