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Early Help

Early Help Journey

Step One

Family/Practitioner identifies need for multi-agency Early Help offer or Step down from Social Care

Step Two

Practitioner explains Early Help to the family. Consent obtained

Step Three

Identify practitioners / agencies involved with or could be involved with the family – see webpage  (Pinpoint/ Locality Officer / Practitioner Forum)
Convene a Team Around the Family (TAF) meeting
Identify lead practitioner


Early Help Assessment started on Right For Children (RFC) – all agencies / practitioners add their information
Family plan agreed at TAF meeting – information to be added to RFC by all agencies
Identify lead practitioner

Step Four

Request for additional service ( RfAS)/funding (where applicable) submitted to Triage RFC updated

Step Five

Review of progress Plan & Review. 12 weeks review cycle (sooner if there is a change)

Step Six

Step down to single agency/universal or Step up to statutory services phone MASH Consultation Line: 0345 155 071


If at any stage a child is at imminent risk: call MASH Consultation Line
0345 155 071

If you are concerned that a child is being abused please call

0345 155 1071

or email

Professionals should complete the MASH contact form.

If it’s an emergency call 999