Early Help

The Early Help Assessment (EHA) is a standardised approach to conducting an assessment of a family’s needs and deciding how those needs should be met.

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Hillingdon Safeguarding Partnership Team (September 2020)

The Early Help Assessment (EHA)

The EHA provides a tool for assessing a family and facilitating early intervention.  The aim is to identify, at the earliest opportunity, where a family’s needs are not being met, and provide timely and co-ordinated support to meet those needs. This will ensure families access the right service at the right time and stop issues escalating unnecessarily.

EHA for families

The EHA is there to help you and the information you supply will only be passed on with your consent. If you consent, it means that you should not have to keep supplying the same information to different professionals and helps those professionals work together to help you. For more information, please email our TAF Co-ordinator at or call 01895 556144.

EHA for practitioners

The EHA, which includes guidance, can be downloaded on the right. One or more practitioners can work with a young person or a child’s parent/carer to assess the young person’s or child’s strengths and needs, noting these on the assessment tool. Together they should identify whether additional services are required. If they are, the practitioner must obtain the parent/carer or young person’s consent to share the completed assessment with the identified services.

If there a number of children within the family and a number of different agencies already engaged (eg schools, children’s centres etc). It may be more appropriate to call a Team around the Family (see below) Meeting and complete the EHA tool at the meeting, using it to inform any intervention planning.

The assessment is used to access early intervention for families. When you complete the Early Help Assessment with a family, it could lead to the following outcomes:

  • Once issues are discussed with the family you no longer have concerns. The assessment is kept on the child’s file and could be discussed again in the future if further concerns arise.
  • After discussion with the family it could be appropriate that your own agency can provide the support and help needed and no other agencies need to be involved.  If this is the case it is advised you put an action plan in place and review within your own organisation to ensure the family’s needs continue to be met.
  • Another single agency needs to be involved e.g. speech and language or school nurse. If that is the case the information obtained through your assessment can be used to support your referral.
  • A number of services are required to address the needs of the family identified by your assessment. If so a Team Around the Family meeting is needed.


If whilst completing your assessment with the family you have child protection concerns are or worried about a child contact Children’s Services MASH Team immediately on 01895 556 633.

Team Around the Family (TAF)

This is a multi agency meeting where all the professionals working with the family, including the parent/care and child(ren) where appropriate, explore what help is needed and how this can best be provided. Any agency working with the family can organise a team around the family meeting. The TAF Co-ordinator can be contacted to offer you advice and support with this process or, if you have not held a TAF meeting before, can attend your first meeting. At the first TAF meeting a lead professional is appointed to chair future meetings and be the central point of contact for TAF members, including the family. Guidance on the TAF process and the lead professional role can be found on the right hand side.

When arranging your own TAF meetings please keep the TAF Co-ordinator informed of any TAF meetings you are organising with details of who is the lead professional.