Early Help Assessment and Our Family Plan
‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ July 2018 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 Partnership (BSCP) agreed Layers of Need as set out in ‘Right Help, Right Time’ (RHRT - December 2021) and consistent with Birmingham’s Early Help Strategy agreed by BSCP 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 BSCP will monitor the number, quality and impact of this work with families.
Full Early Help Guidance including the Early Help Assessment and Our Family Plan is here
Examples of completed Early Help Assessments:
1. Example from Early Years – Early Help Assessment here.
2. Example from Education - Early Help Assessment here.
3. Example from Health - Early Help Assessment here.
Support for completing an Early Help Assessment is available from the Early Help Support Team - EHST duty desk number: 0121 303 8117.