2. Early Help
What is Early Help?
Early Help means getting additional, timely and effective support to children, young people and families who need it. It aims to enable children to flourish and to prevent costly, long term and negative outcomes.
Early Help can refer to support in the critical early years of a child’s life (including pre-birth and pregnancy), but can cover any age when difficulties begin to emerge. This approach enables interventions to take place before critical thresholds are crossed, and pathways become much more irreversible for young people.
Early Help aims to significantly improve the outcomes for children, young people and families. The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) is a way of identifying needs at the earliest stage for children and young people. Common assessment relies on the principle of all professionals involved communicating with young people, children and families and with each other to assess individual needs, and provide the best integrated package of support.
•You can find out more by reading our Early Help Strategy and Toolkit.
• For more information on the Common Assessment Framework please visit the information on Early Help on the Bath and North East Somerset Council website. http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/children-young-people-and-families/early-help-support-families/early-help-caf
If you have questions about the implementation of Common Assessment Framework in Bath & North East Somerset, please email email@example.com
Request for Service Form for a referral into B&NES Childrens Social Care
Information for Practitioners working across Local Authority Boundaries
B&NES Council has agreed a Cross Border Protocol with other Councils to support the work of Early Help across Local Authority borders. Please click here
Below is information for practitioners working across Local Authority boundaries to inform you on the local contact and further information avilable:
Request for Service Form for a referral into B&NES Children's Social Care
- Point of contact – First Response Tel. 0117 903 6444
- Email address – Referrals sent by Webform
- Downloadable copies of referral form and early help form – Referrals are made by Webform that can be found here
- Point of contact - Tel: 01934 426 329
- Email - EarlyHelp.AssessmentFeedback@n-somerset.gov.uk
- Where a child appears to be at risk please contact the Single Point of Access (SPA) on 01275 888 808
- Website for further information click here
- Point of Contact - Somerset Direct Tel: 0300 123 2224
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Referral form can be accessed at here http://professionalchoices.org.uk/eha/
- If you are concerned about a child call 01454 866000 (office hours) or 01454 615165 out of hours.
- More information and to find the Referral Form for ART (Access & Response Team) and the early Help Form can be found at: http://sites.southglos.gov.uk/safeguarding/children/i-am-a-professional/concerned-about-a-child-2/