Early Identification of Need

The EHA process has been designed to help practitioners assess needs at an early stage and then work with the child / young person, their family and other practitioners and agencies to meet these needs. As such, it is designed for use when:

  • You are worried about how well a child / young person is progressing.
  • You might be worried about their health, development, welfare, behaviour, progress in learning or any other aspect of their wellbeing
  • A child / young person or their parent / carer raises a concern with you
  • The child’s or young person’s needs are unclear, or broader than your service can address alone
  • The child or young person would benefit from an assessment to help a practitioner understand their needs better.

This may or may not result in the need to initiate a TAC

See also LSCB publication “Meeting the Needs of Children in Lincolnshire

Examples of when to undertake an EHA

  • A significant change or worrying feature in a child’s appearance, demeanour or behaviour has been observed.
  • A significant event in a child’s life has occurred, or where there are worries about the parents, carers or home.
  • Where a child, parent or another practitioner has requested an assessment.
  • Parental elements i.e. parental substance abuse/misuse, domestic violence or physical or mental
    health issues that might impact on the child.
  • Missing developmental milestones or making slower progress than expected at school.
  • Regularly missing medical appointments, immunisations etc.
  • Presenting challenging or aggressive behaviours, abusing/misusing substances or committing
    offences.
  • Experiencing physical or mental ill health or disability (either their own or their parents’).
  • Exposed to substance misuse/abuse, violence or crime within the family.
  • Undertaking caring responsibilities.
  • Bereaved or experiencing family breakdown.
  • Bullied or are bullies themselves.
  • Disadvantages for reasons such as race, gender, sexuality, religious belief or disability.
  • Homeless or being threatened with eviction, and those living in temporary accommodation.
  • Becoming a teenage mother/father or is the child of teenage parents.
  • Not being ready to make the transition to post -16 services.
  • Persistent absence from school or risk of permanent exclusion.

Early Help Assessment Online Form

NB: IF AT ANY POINT YOU BELIEVE A CHILD IS SUFFERING OR IS AT RISK OF SUFFERING SIGNIFICANT HARM YOU SHOULD CONTACT CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTRE on 015227821119

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Last updated: 7 October 2016

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