Where the problems or needs are more complex, practitioners should consider completing an Early Help Plan (EHP) with the family. An Early Help Plan is a tool to use with the family to discuss and record the needs, strengths, goals and views that they identify, leading to a plan to support them. There are many different types of early help planning tools. An early help template can be found at the back of this booklet. Alternatively, practitioners may choose to use or amend assessment and planning tools from within their own agency.
Where there is more than one service working alongside a child and family, it is helpful for the family and involved services to hold a Team Around the Family (TAF) meeting, to share information and co-ordinate an Early Help Plan together. A completed Early Help Plan remains the responsibility of the supporting agency/service to retain, in accordance with their own record keeping procedures.
A Early Help Plan should be registered on the shared database administered by the Children & Families Hub.
Registering a Early Help Plan
An Early Help Plan can be used by any professional to help them in capturing the needs of the family and identifying strategies to help families make changes to improve their lives.
Professionals if they wish to, can register the Early Help Plan or Team Around the Family Meeting by first obtaining consent from the family to register it. The professional will then need to register the Plan by completing the form below and sending it securely to the Children & Family Hub following the guidance document and completing the registration form below:
Training on how to use a Early Help Plan or run a Team Around the Family Meeting will be available from the Working Together in Essex Portal in due course.