LSCB 5 Minute Briefing - Early Help : Further Updates

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lscb 5 min briefing

Early Help further updates



At the beginning of term we are aware that some Young People will be transferring to other schools and may have an Early Help Assessment (EHA) in place. It is important that the coordinator from the previous Nursery provision, school or college  send in a 'Change of Coordinator Form' if the coordinator is changing. This avoids EHO’s going to the wrong person if there is important information to share.

Pupils going off roll

If for any reason a Young Person is going to go off roll, for example going to be home educated, and there is no other person to coordinate the EHA, schools should contact their local Early Help officer for advice on who might go on to coordinate it. This may result in a referral to Early Help Panel if the family consent. This would ensure that the coordinated approach continues where possible at a time when the young person involved may be more vulnerable.

Early Help recommended by the Safeguarding Hub

Finally  - we are trying to ensure that where a referral into the Safeguarding Hub has resulted in the recommendation that an Early Help Assessment is initiated, that this goes on to happen in a timely way to provide whatever help the family need. If for any reason the assessment is not going to happen (e.g. family withhold consent), this needs to be recorded to inform future decision making. Therefore if professionals agree to complete an Early Help Assessment and it is not registered within 6 weeks a follow up letter from the EHO in the hub will be sent asking for an update. Feedback from this process being in place for the last twelve months highlights that often the person completing the assessment has just forgotten to register the assessment.