Early Help

Early Help is the response made when a professional identifies unmet needs with a child/family and works with other agencies to meet those needs. At this level of need an Early Help Assessment (EHA) should be completed with the child and family to identify, what is working well, what the worries are and what wellbeing and success would look like?  A clear plan will be developed by the agencies with the family that is SMART and is focused on what success will look like for the child/ren.

Any professional from a service that supports families can initiate an EHA and can be carried out with any child or young person from pre-birth up to age 19 (up to the age of 25 if the young person has a learning difficulty or disability).

The completion of an EHA would trigger a response from different agencies.  A date should be set for a Team Around the Family (TAF) meeting, in order to identify a coordinator, agree the plan and which agency would work to achieve each of the wellbeing goals.

When an agency or TAF are concerned about how to deliver the plan or are unable to identify an appropriate coordinator, the case should be taken to the Early Help and Family Support Panel.

Every school hub will have an Early Help Officer (EHO) attached to them to provide support, advice and guidance. 

Please see the full list of schools and the EHO linked to them herethis external link will open in a new window, contact details for each EHO is listed below : 

Steve Kemp (Eden) 07557 210979

Karen Ross (Allerdale & Copeland) 07885 405708

Maggie Williams (Barrow) 07768 753541

Rosamund Rowcroft (South Lakes) 07920 296122 

Early Help Assessments and Supporting Documents

 Assessment and registrations forms available and further information on the delivery of Early Help





Early Help Guidance



Early Help & Family Support Panels

More information on the Early Help & Family Support Panels


SEND in the Early Help Process


Early Help Quality Assurance

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Early Help Training

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Early Help Assessment Training

How to write an Early Help Assessment




Early Help Support & Resources


Early Help Team

More information on the Early Help Team



Wczesne Dokumentacja / Early Help Documents



Early Help Strategy

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