Early Help Assessment
A child’s difficulties must be assessed so that the right support can be provided. This should include asking parents what they think, talking to professionals who work with the child, and looking at records and other information. This could mean getting advice and further assessment from someone like an educational psychologist, a specialist teacher or a health professional.
The directory link below shows the local 0-19 Public Health teams linked to schools and settings in Bolton. Each 0-19 team has a team leader that education professionals can contact either by telephone or email to discuss children and families when there is concern or an identified need.
You will need permission from parents prior to contacting the 0-19 service, unless you assess the child to be at significant risk of harm, in which case safeguarding procedures must be adhered to.
Early Help Review and the establishment of the Early Help Access Point and Targeted Early Help Service (April 2021)
There will be a transition period between January and March 2021 whilst the team bring online the Targeted Early Help Service and the Early Help Access Point.
During this transition period, some of the functionality previously provided by the Integrated Working Team will no longer be available and this team will no longer be in place.
Please see below a summary of the changes that will take place with effect from 4th January 2021.
- Early Help Assessments, updated versions and plans should be submitted to the usual email BoltonISA@bolton.gov.uk. It is essential that when submitting Child Action Reviews, you ensure the EHA has been submitted. This ensures effective version control.
- Requests to close Early Help Assessments should be submitted to the usual email (as above).
- Enquiries to check if an Early Help Assessment is currently open should also be submitted to the usual email (as above). You will be notified if there is an open EHA, and if there is, you will be provided with details for the Lead Professional.
- We are no longer able to take calls regarding Early Help Assessment queries. The telephone numbers previously used will no longer be in use for Early Help queries.
- If you require advice or guidance relating to Early Help interventions, please contact BoltonISA@bolton.gov.uk and we will arrange for a member of the Targeted Early Help team to contact you.
- We are no longer able to facilitate between partner agencies the sharing of Early Help Assessments. Where a child is transitioning between services, the existing LP should seek consent from the family to share the EHA with the new service(s).
- We are no longer able to provide lists to individual agencies detailing their Early Help Assessments. Agencies will need to make their own arrangements to track the Early Help Assessments their services and teams undertake.
- We will be unable to undertake checks for Children’s Social Care involvement during this transition period.
The Early Help Team would like to thank you for your continued support during the Early Help Review and in advance for your cooperation during our transitional period.
The Early Help Assessment should be undertaken when there are initial concerns about a child’s development and progress. You can check if a child has an Early Help Assessment by contacting the Early Help team by e-mail: boltonISA@bolton.gov.uk.
If a child has not had an Early Help Assessment you can find further information about starting the process at: www.boltonsafeguardingchildren.org.uk.
Reviews of Early Help should take place every 8-10 weeks.
The documents have been uploaded to the Bolton Safeguarding Children Website and the schools Extranet.