Early Help Assessment and Our Family Plan
‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ March 2015 outlines that effective early help relies upon local agencies working together to identify children and families who would benefit from early help, undertaking an early help assessment and providing targeted early help services to address those needs to significantly improve outcomes.
All agencies have a responsibility to deliver Early Help in line with Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board’s (BSCB) agreed Layers of Need as set out in ‘Right Help, Right Time’ (RHRT - January 2018) and consistent with Birmingham’s Early Help Strategy agreed by BSCB and individual partners in April 2015.
The Partnership has agreed the adoption of the ‘Signs of Safety and Wellbeing Practice Framework’, and we have used this to strengthen and simplify the assessment process in Birmingham, with the Early Help Assessment and Our Family Plan. Both these documents should be registered with the Early Help Support Team (details on the form and in the guidance) and the BSCB will monitor the number, quality and impact of this work with families.
You can download the Early Help Assessment Form here and Our Family Plan here
Full Early Help Guidance including the Early Help Assessment and Our Family Plan is here
Short Quality and Compliance Guide are available – Early Help Assessment here and Our Family Plan here
Examples of completed Early Help Assessments and Our Family Plans:
1. Example from a Children’s Centre – Early Help Assessment here and Our Family Plan here
2. Example from a School - Early Help Assessment here and Our Family Plan here
3. Example from Health - Early Help Assessment here and Our Family Plan here.
Support for completing an Early Help Assessment is available from the Early Help Brokerage and Support Team - EHST duty desk number: 0121 303 8117
Page Updated 15.05.2018