Early Help and Protection Support Service, Assessment (EHA) - NCC

Type of service:
Local Government Department
Address:
Northamptonshire County Council, One Angel Square, Angel Street, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN1 1ED
Telephone number:
0300 126 1000
Service description:

The Early Help Assessment (EHA) is a simple way to help identify needs of children and families and make a plan to meet those needs. It can be used by all agencies in Northamptonshire who are delivering early help. Its purpose is to provide a joined up response so no-one misses out on the support they may need.

The EHA can be used to support children and young people between 0 to 19 years, including unborn babies and can also be used with consent up to the age of 24 where a young person has a learning difficulty or disability.

A family may need early help support if they have a child who:

  • is disabled and has specific additional needs
  • has special educational needs (whether or not they have a statutory education, health and care plan)
  • is a young carer
  • is showing signs of being drawn into anti-social or criminal behaviour, including gang involvement and association with organised crime groups 
  • is frequently missing or goes missing from care or from home
  • is at risk of modern slavery, trafficking or exploitation
  • is at risk of being radicalised or exploited
  • is in a family circumstance presenting challenges for the child, such as drug and alcohol misuse, adult mental health issues and domestic abuse
  • is misusing drugs or alcohol themselves
  • has returned home to their family from care
  • is a privately fostered child
Cost:
Free
Age range:
0 - 19 years
Eligibility criteria:
  • Age - Early Years (0-5)
  • Age - School (5-18)
  • Age - Adulthood (18-25)
Referral route:
  • Education or school
  • Professional referral
  • School referral
Last updated on:
13/03/2020
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