Early Help

Early Help Plan (EHP)

An Early Help Plan is a tool to use with the family to discuss and record the needs, strengths, goals and views that they identify, leading to a plan to support them. There are many different types of early help planning tools. An early help template can be downloaded here. Alternatively, practitioners may choose to use or amend assessment and planning tools from within their own agency.

Where there is more than one service working alongside a child and family, it is helpful for the family and involved services to hold a Team Around the Family meeting, to share information and co-ordinate an Early Help Plan together. A completed Early Help Plan remains the responsibility of the supporting agency/service to retain, in accordance with their own record keeping procedures. 
A copy of the completed Early Help Plan should be given to all family members that were involved, including children and young people (age and understanding permitting).

 

Team Around the Family (TAF)

Where there is more than one service working alongside a child and family, it is helpful for the family and involved services to hold a Team Around the Family meeting, to share information and co-ordinate an Early Help Plan together. A Team Around the Family template can be downloaded here

 

Essex Early Help Offer

This document aims to bring together all the key components of the current Essex Early Help Offer and its purpose is to provide a cohesive picture of that offer for those organisations and professionals who support vulnerable children, young people and families. Early Help is the identification of, and response to, emerging problems for children, young people and their families. It is a way of working that supports families, children and young people to overcome difficulties and build their resilience, so that problems do not escalate and they are able to thrive and live and engage happily in their communities.

The document can be downloaded here.