Early Help Support Form & Resource Pack – resources for practitioners
“Early Help is intervening early and as soon as possible to tackle problems emerging for children, young people and their families or with a population most at risk of developing problems. Effective intervention may occur at any point in a child or young person’s life.”
This includes the current Manchester Early Help Strategy 2018/21 and a range of supporting resources.
A Request for Early Help Support form should be completed by partner agencies requesting targeted Early Help interventions when those families are unable to be supported by universal or single agency services.
The form is available on Help and Support Manchester in the Early Help Practitioner Zone and should be completed with the agreement of the child and family. If there is a lead professional for the child or family an Early Help Assessment should have been completed prior to the request for support form being submitted.
Information about Levels of Need can be found in the multi-agency Decisions Framework resource.
Practitioners who require further advice or support should contact their local Early Help Hub:
- North Early Help Hub
- Phone – 0161 234 1973
- E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Central Early Help Hub
- Phone – 0161 234 1975
- E-mail – email@example.com
- South Early Help Hub
- Phone – 0161 234 1977
- E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Early Help Assessment Journey – support, resources and information
Manchester City Council have worked with Early Help partners to develop a range of resources to support agency involvement in the Early Help journey – all resources can be downloaded from the HSM website at hsm.manchester.gov.uk
The Early Help Assessment (EHA) and guidance will support practitioners to undertake conversations with children, young people and families about what’s working well, what could be better and what needs to happen next.
The Request for Early Help Support Form enables practitioners to seek support in overcoming challenges associated with progressing an EHA. Alternatively, practitioners may require support to identify the right agencies to help meet the identified needs of a family.
Visual tools to aid conversations with young people and families; a step by step guide to completing the Early Help Assessment; and advice on how to have difficult conversations with parents/carers, can all be found on the website.
Helping young people and families to help themselves begins with an understanding of what’s important to them. the website has Early Help information leaflets for parents and teenagers. These leaflets provide families with an initial insight into Early Help. More importantly they provide an opportunity for individuals, to begin to explore the process of an holistic assessment for themselves.