Early Help Assessment

The Early Help Assessment is an assessment and planning tool to help identify and address the needs of children, young people and families at risk of poor outcome in a timely and coordinated way.

Completing the assessment

Early Help Assessments help to:

  • Provide a structure for recording and sharing information, with consent
  • Involve other services to improve the outcomes for the child or young person
  • Address concerns about a child or young person’s well-being in more than one area
  • Provide a common form of assessment which will be familiar across children and young people’s services
  • Reduce duplication for practitioners


The completion of an Early Help Assessment allows:

  • Earlier and holistic identification of the child or young person’s needs
  • Facilitation of better joint working with the parent or carer before the child or young person’s needs escalate
  • Reducing multiple assessments for young people and their families

Updated: 14 December 2017