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Early Help (Single Assessment) - information for practitioners

Information and resources for practitioners on the Early Help (single assessment).

In line with the updated Working Together to Safeguard Children document and the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Partnership, new infrastructure and documentation has been agreed.

The early help (single assessment) is the starting point for a family to receive services and will be the beginning of the working together assessment and threshold protocol.

The pre-assessment checklist is designed to help in identifying when an early help assessment should be completed.

The assessment is:

  • used across all services working with children, young people and families, for engaging families in identifying and prioritising needs and agreeing an action plan to meet family objectives - it also helps to monitor the effectiveness of any early intervention
  • a standard form for recording this assessment
  • a holistic assessment completed with the family that summarises a family's strengths, needs and goals
  • designed to be shared between services and used as a starting point for planning co-ordinated multi-agency action
  • a consent-based process - we need the agreement of a parent or carer or of a competent young person or older child before completing it with them

All the work that we do with children, young people and families, follows Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Partnership procedures.

Visit the early help and thresholds for children's social care section of the Derbyshire Children's Services online procedures documents library for current forms, guidance, information about thresholds and other useful links.


Multi-agency training is available across Derbyshire linked to each locality and multi-agency team. Find your nearest Early Help (single assessment) session.