What is Early Help?
Early Help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child's life, from the early years through to the teenage years. Early Help can also prevent further problems arising. Intervening early prevents difficulties arising and Early Help plays a significant role in preventing escalation of concern from conception and throughout life.
Early Help Assessment Tool (EHAT)
In Sutton we use a Multi-Agency Early Help Assessment Tool (EHAT) and the LSCP Threshold document to help us assess the needs of children and young people. View the LSCP Threshold document here (external site). Using the EHAT enables us to understand a child or young person’s needs and to develop effective Action Plans and packages of support in order to address those needs. It also helps us to identify when children and young people require referrals for Education, Health and Care Needs Assessments (EHCNA).