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Early Help - Coronavirus Update

The Early Help Service remains operational during the Covid-19 pandemic, albeit with restricted capacity and provision.  We are continuing to work creatively during this period to ensure families most in need are able to access a range of support through various mediums such as online, telephone and video call. 

Please continue to submit Early Help assessments and TAF paperwork (which can be downloaded from the document page of the local offer) to multi.agency@bedford.gov.uk.  

For further information call 0800 023 2057 

Early Help and Intervention Handbook 

For a detailed guide of the service offered by Early Help, the handbook is available here


What is Early Help?

Early Help is the term used to describe arrangements and services that provide help for children, young people and families as soon as a problem starts to emerge, or when there is a strong likelihood that problems will emerge in the future.

Early Help Assessment

The Early Help Assessment (EHA) is a partnership process designed to help professionals support children, young people and families. The EHA enables professionals to:

    • Help a child or family receive the right support at an early stage, before a small need grows into a larger one.
    • Complete a shared assessment, so that a family, child or young person, does not have to repeat the same information to different workers.
    • Ensure that everyone involved with supporting the family, child or young person, such as teachers and health visitors, work together effectively.

    An EHA is used when a family, child or young person would like to receive extra support. The assessment enables both areas of strength and need to be identified; highlighting in the process whether other services may be appropriate to support the family, child or young person.

    It is the families' choice whether they accept support and agree to who is involved in this process. They will be given a copy of the form and will be told who will see it, where it is stored and how it will be used.

    Team Around the Family (TAF)

    A Team Around the Family (TAF) is implemented where additional needs have been identified through and Early Help Assessment (EHA), and support is required from more than one agency, team or service. The TAF brings together young people, parents, extended family and a range of professionals/ practitioners, into a small, individualised team to co-ordinate support and interventions. All of the family members have a role in the TAF and their views and needs play a central role. A TAF should ensure that young people, parents/carers and extended family all have a role in agreeing goals, and agreeing actions to meet those goals.

    Outcomes from a TAF meeting should include: The identification of a ‘Lead Professional’, the creation of a support package which identifies roles and responsibilities, and the setting of a review date for a subsequent meeting to assess whether needs are being adequately met by the support package.

    Lead Professional

    A ‘Lead Professional’ is chosen from amongst the professionals involved in a TAF; they should be selected by the end of the first TAF meeting. The family or child should have a key input into who should be the lead professional. The lead professional takes the lead to co-ordinate provision and act as a single point of contact for a child or young person and their family. The lead professional is to ensure that professional involvement is rationalised, co-ordinated and communicated effectively.

    Early Help and Intervention Handbook 

    For a detailed guide of the range of service offered by Early Help, the handbook is available here

     

    Who to contact

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    Where to go

    Name
    Borough Hall
    Address
    Cauldwell Street
    Bedford
    Postcode
    MK42 9AP
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    Time / Date Details

    When is it on
    Monday to Friday
    Time of day
    Morning
    Afternoon

    Other Details

    Costs

    Table of costs
    Table of costs
    AmountCost Type
    FREE
    Age Bands
    11-14 years old
    18-25 years old
    Parents and carers
    15-17 years old
    0-4 years old
    5-10 years old
    SEN Provision Type
    Universal