Early Help Assessment (EHA)

Early Help Training, Best Practice & Tools

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Early Help Assessment (EHA) & Information Sharing Training

Early Help Assessment (EHA) & Information Sharing Training is available if you are a staff member or volunteer who works with; children, young people and their families or carers. 

Dates for training sessions during 2017, which will be held at Westridge, Ryde are as follows:

  • 24 May 2017
  • 28 June 2017
  • 19 July 2017 

For booking information, please click here.

Monthly Early Help Audit Findings

To view the findings, please click here (PDF, 205KB, 2 pages).

Contraceptive advice or treatment to under 16-year-olds without parental consent

Gillick competency and Fraser guidelines refer to a legal case which looked specifically at whether doctors should be able to give contraceptive advice or treatment to under 16-year-olds without parental consent. But since then, they have been more widely used to help assess whether a child has the maturity to make their own decisions and to understand the implications of those decisions.

For more detail and access to the Family Planning Association please visit their website by clicking here.


Safeguarding children is everyone’s business and information and guidance on this can be found with the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board website, please click here

Best Practice - Encryption

When sending any personal/restricted documents via email you need to use encryption software. The Isle of Wight Council recommends WinZip.

For instructions on how to use WinZip please click here (PDF, 156KB, 4 pages).

Best Practice - Child's Voice

For a best practice/good examples of how to capture the Child's Voice when completing your assessment; 

  • An example of a child's voice through a drawing click here (PDF, 163KB, 1 page)
  • An example of Lanesend Primary School's form for hearing a child's voice click here (PDF, 215KB, 1 page)

Best Practice - Chairing Team around the Family (TAF) meetings

For top tips on chairing Team around the Family (TAF) meetings please click here  (PDF, 210KB, 1 page).

Best Practice - Emailing the Early Help Team

After current changes to the Team we would always suggest if you are sending an email please use the send a message to this service found in the contact tab, this will ensure someone will always see and deal with your email.

Best Practice - Always use your Early Help I.D. number

When you complete and send the Early Help Team a Early Help Assessment form we add it to our database and this creates a Early Help I.D. number. We then call or email you the number, once you have this number you should use it for all correspondences especially when emailing,

If you are a Lead Professional and are not sure or don't know what your Early Help I.D. numbers are and you need them for the Early Help Assessment you hold, you can simply call email the Early Help Team, our contact details can be found in the 'Contact' tab above.