Early Help

Early help offers support for families

What is Early Help?
Early Help is offering advice, support and direct interventions at the earliest point of identified need. The aims of Early Help are to support families to support themselves, to prevent problems escalating and to reduce the numbers needing statutory interventions

Who should offer Early Help?
As a basic principle, the first person to offer support to a child or young person and their family should be the professional identifying the issue.

How do I know if Early Help is needed?
You should refer to Sunderland’s agreed Thresholds of Need. Early Help sits within Level 2 (the green boxes in the threshold document). Reading this will give you a sense of the types of issues that should be addressed by offering Early Help. It is recommended that all professionals working with children, young people and families familiarise themselves with the thresholds of need.

You can download our Thresholds of Need Document in our documents section at the foot of this page.

What if the family needs more than I can offer?
Together for Children’s Early Help Service provides more intensive targeted support to children, young people and families with more complex needs. You should discuss the case with someone from the service (number below).

From 1 April 2017 previous versions of Early Help Assessments (also referred to as CAF) have been replaced by a new suite of paperwork.

Advice and guidance about how and when to use the paperwork, or on any other aspect of early help and intervention, can be obtained from the Early Help Advice and Allocations Team on 0191 561 4084, or by emailing us at EHAAT@togetherforchildren.org.uk

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Early Help Process Flowchart

Together for Children Early Help processes

Early Help - Registration and Consent form

Download our Early Help registration and consent form

Early Help - Assessment and Plan

Download our Early Help assessment and plan

Early Help - Progress Monitoring Tool

Download our Early Help progress monitoring tool

Early Help - Review

Download our Early Help review document

Early Help - Tracking Form

Download our Early Help tracking form

Early Help - Outreach Support Request Form

Download our Outreach Support request form

Early Help - Plan and Review Scoring Guidance

Download our Plan and Review Scoring Guidance

Early Help - Process Guidance

Download our Early Help Process Guidance

Early Help - Privacy Notice

Download our Early Help Privacy Notice

Early Help - Chronology Template

Download our Early Help Chronology Template

Early Help - Chronology Guidance

Download our Early Help Chronology Guidance

Early Help - Sex and Relationships Referral Form

Download our Sex and Relationships Referral Form

Phoenix Programme Referral Form

Download our Phoenix Programme Referral Form

Sanctuary South Referral From

Download our Sanctuary South referral form

YDAP Referral Form

Download our YDAP Referral Form

YDAP Screening Tool

Download our YDAP Screening Tool

YDAP Screening Tool Guidance

Download our YDAP Screening Tool Guidance

Bump 2 Baby Referral Form

Download our Bump 2 Baby Referral Form

Educational Psychology Early Years Request for Support

Download our Educational Psychology Early Years Request for Support

Parenting Referral Form

Download our Parenting Referral Form

Early Help guide

Download our Early Help guide for families 

A Guide to Our Thresholds of Need

Download our Guide to Our Thresholds of Need 

Sunderland Neglect Toolkit

Download the SSCB toolkit for assessing and responding to child neglect

Sunderland Early Help Strategy 2017-2020

Download the Sunderland Early Help Strategy 2017-2020

Safe Families for Children Referral Form

Download our Safe Families for Children Referral Form

Early Help Step Down Plan

Download our Early Help Step Down Plan for social workers.
*Please note, this form is for use by social workers only*

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