Safeguarding Early Help Assessment

Early Help Assessment (EHA)

Providing early help is more effective in promoting the welfare of children than reacting later. Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child's life, from the foundation years through to the teenage years. Effective early help relies upon local agencies working together to:

  1. Identify children and families who would benefit from early help;
  2. Undertake an assessment of the need for early help; and
  3. Provide targeted early help services to address the assessed needs of a child and their family which focuses on activity to significantly improve the outcomes for the child. Local authorities, under section 10 of the Children Act 2004, have a responsibility to promote inter-agency cooperation to improve the welfare of children.

Related documents:

  1. Manchester's Early Help Assessment Form
  2. Manchester's Team Around the Family Planning Form