Early Help in Trafford aims to make sure that services to support children, young people and their families are there when they need them.
Sometimes you may need help or extra support to sort out a problem or challenge. You don’t need to feel alone. An Early Help Assessment is a way of us listening and working with families who would like support.
If one person in a family has a problem, it usually affects other people in the family. The person with the problem could be a child, young person or adult. If all the family is supported, it’s more likely that things will improve for you.
You can ask for an assessment or someone you are in contact with may suggest one for you, for example your health visitor, housing officer or teacher. It is your choice whether to have an Early Help Assessment. If you think it would be useful, first you give your written agreement. Then someone you know or who is currently supporting you will arrange a time to meet with you.
The first step – talking with you
This is where the worker will ask about your strengths, any challenges you are having, and what extra support you think might help. An Early Help Assessment is used to assess the needs of you and your family. Completing one is like writing a to-do list and putting a plan in place to achieve it. It is a single assessment process. This means you don’t have to repeat your story to lots of different professionals.
The second step – the plan
This will involve a meeting with you and the workers who could help your family. At this meeting, the support you need is discussed and a plan is agreed. The plan says who is going to do what and when, including the things you and your family could do to help yourselves.
The third step – the review
This is where everyone will come back together to review your progress and make sure the plan is suitable.
Only workers who need to know about you will have information about you. However, there may be times when the people working with you need to share the information. This includes:
- When they need to find out urgently if a child or young person is at risk of serious harm.
- To help a child, young person or adult who is at risk of harm.
- To help prevent or detect a serious crime.
Talk to someone who works with you or your family. This could be a health visitor, a school or any kind of worker. Or you can search on this directory for contact details for local services.