Early Help Cambridgeshire

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Early Help is providing children, young people and families with the right support, in the right place at the right time. They believe that by supporting children and families earlier they can stop any problems being faced from getting worse and help to find the solutions.

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The Early Help journey for families in Cambridgeshire starts with an Early Help Assessment. It is an impartial and honest assessment of strengths, opportunities and challenges that is undertaken with the family, and only ever with their permission. It should be completed when more than one unmet need would benefit from a multi-agency support approach.

The Early Help Assessment is normally initiated by a trusted professional with whom the family already have a relationship and with whom they are happy to share their concerns and worries. This might be a professional at the child’s school or setting. Equally, it might be a Housing Officer or Health colleague. All professionals supporting families will have been provided with the opportunity to engage in training to ensure they are skilled and knowledgeable to work with the family.

It is a voluntary process. You choose whether to be involved and can withdraw from the process at any time. Sometimes, children and young people can make their own decisions about whether they need an Early Help Assessment, and who they want to support them.

Early Help Assessments (EHAs) are also used as a gateway to access several other forms of support. An Early Help Assessment needs to be completed by a professional looking to access a neurodevelopmental assessment. In Cambridgeshire, an EHA is also needed to access our Targeted Support Services which include Family Workers, Young People’s workers and other structured services in response to a family’s needs.

There are no costs for this support.

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Where to go

South Cambridgeshire District (available throughout)

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