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Early Help and LSCB Thresholds for Referral and Assessment

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Early Help assessments in Sutton

The Early Help Assessment for children and young people is an assessment tool used to fulfil statutory duties towards children and young people under Working Together 2015. It is designed to help practitioners develop a shared understanding of a child or young person's needs so that they can be met quickly and effectively. It replaces the CAF form used in Sutton previously from 9 Sept 2016.

In Sutton we use the LSCB Threshold document in conjunction with the London Child Protection Procedures and their associated threshold guidance

This enables us to understand changing levels of need and to identify when children and young people require referrals for statutory assessment. Early Help Assessments are usually started at Level 2 of the LSCB threshold guidance.

When to complete an Early Help Assessment

  • If you are worried about a behaviour, incident or information;
  • Require more information to help you plan next steps to address an issue;
  • The child, young person of family needs cannot be met by a single agency;
  • If a parent expresses concerns.

Further guidance is provided in the Multi-Agency Early Help Assessment Tool (EHAT) Guidance Notes

Before undertaking a new early help assessment it is important to find out if one has already been completed or started, if there is a Lead Professional, or if Social Services are involved. To do this, or for any other query, contact the Early Help Co-ordinator at EHAT@sutton.gov.uk or call 0208 770 4128

A copy of the completed EHAT and should always be sent to EHAT@sutton.gov.uk.

AMENDMENT

This chapter was updated in November 2016.


Contents

  1. Multi Agency Early Help Assessment Tool (EHAT)
  2. Early Help Documents


1. Multi Agency Early Help Assessment Tool (EHAT)

The tool is designed to:

  • Identify needs and explore any concerns;
  • Address emerging or multiple needs;
  • Promote early help services where additional needs are identified;
  • Create packages of tailored support;
  • Co-ordinate support and involvement through a named Lead Professional;
  • Share information effectively and appropriately;
  • Reduce the number of times a family needs to tell its story.

In Sutton we have an Multi Agency Early Help Assessment Tool (EHAT) form and a separate Multi Agency Early Help Assessment REVIEW Tool (EHAT-R) Review form.

For any queries, please contact the Early Help Co-ordinator on 020 8770 4128.


2. Early Help Documents

Please find below links to the following documents:

  • The Multi Agency Early Help Assessment Tool (EHAT) can be found here;
  • Multi-Agency Early Help Assessment REVIEW Tool (EHAT-R) review form here;
  • Multi-Agency Early Help Assessment Tool (EHAT) Guidance Notes form here;
  • London Continuum of Need here.

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