When you first speak to a professional, they will:
A number of different professionals and organisations – for example, your child’s school, your GP or maybe a housing officer - could be involved in the family support process. Who is involved depends on the difficulties you are facing.
An early help assessment can be completed by any professional. They can be from any service, who is working with you or your child, for example your child's school or a housing officer. The assessment will:
After an early help assessment, you will be asked to go to family support process meetings.
All the professionals involved in helping you, will meet and work together with you to help achieve the goals on a plan. The plan and goals are based on what was discussed in the early help assessment. It will be used by the professionals working with you. It ensures everyone knows what they are doing, to stop things getting worse.
The professionals who are working on your plan will meet with you and your family regularly. They will discuss how they can help support you and ensure your family’s needs are being met.
Once all of the goals on the plan are achieved, your family support plan will end. If new needs arrive in the future, your network of professionals can start the process again.