Early help assessment
The Early Help Assessment is the single assessment used by Darlington’s multi agency partnerships that includes Schools, Colleges, Health, Childcare settings, voluntary sector and across all Children’s Social Care teams.
The Early Help Assessment provides a standard and coordinated approach for practitioners across agencies and services and is designed to ensure that children, young people and their families receive the right support at an early stage to reduce the chance of escalation to a specialist services.
This tool should be used at the earliest opportunity when a family’s needs are not being met by universal services.
If you have any queries about the families involved, the processes or have any training requests, please contact the Early Help Coordinator Kelly-Ann Reay on 01325 405635.
If you would like to speak to your allocated worker in the Early Help Team please contact McNay Street Children’s Centre on 01325 406250.
You can view the Darlington Early Help Strategy [PDF document]
Forms and Documents
Early Help Assessment Paperwork
- Early Help Assessment Framework (August 2017) [PDF document]
- Early Help Assessment Process Map [Word document]
- Family Leaflet [PDF document]
- Early Help Assessment Part A [Word document]
- Early Help Assessment Part B [Word document]
- Team Around the Family Plan [Word document]
Early Help Assessment Guidance Documents
- Early Help Service Request Guidance [Word document]
- Early Help Assessment Part B Guidance [Word document]
- Early Help Assessment Strengths and Needs [PDF document]
- Guidance notes for chairing a Team Around the Family Meeting [Word document]
- Practitioner Self-Assessment [Word document]
- Voice of the Child guidance [Word document]
- Voice of the Child booklet [Word document]
Early Help Assessment Quality Assurance
- Early Help Assessment Quality Assurance Framework (August 2017) [PDF document]
- Early Help Audit and Learning Tool (July 2018) [Word document]