Early Help Assessment

The Early Help Assessment  is a key tool in the early identification of children, young people and families who need support. This support needs to be available from every agency as early as possible; this can only happen if children, young people or their family’s needs are identified before things reach a crisis point and the right professionals and services are working together to help. The Early Help Assessment is designed to ensure that children, young people and their families receive the right support at an early stage, before their needs escalate, and that services are delivered in a more coordinated way. One of the benefits of the Early Help Assessment is that it reduces the number of different assessments that children, young people and their families have to undergo. This means that children and families don’t have to keep repeating their story.

Somerset Partners work together, sharing common ground, and agree that there is a common need for Early Help Assessment to be undertaken in all the various agency settings. Early Help Assessment is an important component of Somerset County Council’s Early Help Strategy and Delivery Plan, which exists to ensure that all the children and young people of Somerset:

  • Are safe, healthy and cared for
  • Are treated fairly and equally
  • Achieve their full potential both in and out of school
  • Build self – esteem and raise aspirations
  • Have better employment opportunities
  • Benefit from family wellbeing and local prosperity
  • Have integrated support to meet their needs