Early Help

What is an Early Help assessment?

The Early Help Assessment is a way of working with children and young people. It involves listening to you and your child to find out your child’s needs, and what is working well in your child’s life. An action plan, agreed with you and your child, is also put in place to make sure your child gets the right sort of help. The Early Help Assessment is voluntary – you and your child can choose to be involved.

How will the Early Help assessment help my family?

The Early Help Assessment exists to help you support your child. It can lead to a quick solution or help to identify extra support if needed. The Early Help Assessment will ensure that everyone involved with your child – such as teachers and health visitors – works together to support your child. The Early Help Assessment will help your child receive the right support at an early stage before their needs increase which can be much more difficult to help you with. As The Early Help Assessment is a shared assessment, you and your child will not have to repeat the same story to different workers.

When is the Early Help assessment used?

The Early Help Assessment can be used if you or someone who works with your child would like your child to receive extra support. It will help to identify your child’s additional needs, and other workers required to support your family.

How does it work?

With agreement a professional will ask you and your child some questions to find out what help and support your child might need. This information is recorded on a simple form. You and your child will agree what is put on the form, and you will be given a copy of it.

Older children may feel able to discuss their situation on their own with the worker. A young person’s wish to keep information confidential from parents may be respected by the worker, where this is in the young person’s best interests and welfare.


As a rule, the information which you and your child provide will only be shared with your family’s consent. However, there may be certain times when the people working with you need to share information.

For example:

• When they need to find out urgently if a child is at risk of harm.

• To help a child who is at risk of harm.

• When an adult is at risk of harm; or

• To help prevent or detect a serious crime.

The link to the Leicester City Early Help Model for families can be found here:

Leicester Early Help assessment model

Advice point contact details

To seek advice, signposting or low level and short term support contact Advice Point on 0116 454 1004 or walk in to your nearest centre – view the cluster map

Further referral support

Early Help and Children’s Social Care

0116 454 1004

E-mail: [email protected]

For any other queries or support with the Early Help Assessment process please email [email protected]