DfE, Keeping Children Safe in Education: for Schools and Colleges (2018)

‘Governing bodies and proprietors should ensure there are appropriate policies and procedures in place in order for appropriate action to be taken in a timely manner to safeguard and promote children’s welfare.’

The initial review period should be no longer than 6 weeks following the assessment being completed.  Subsequent reviews should take place within a 3 month period.  Below is an overview of the timescales. 

Action Timescale
EHM search completed search to see if there is a plan of support already in place or not.

48 hours of identifying need

Complete the Early Help Assessment steps 1-5. Within 10 working days
Completion of conclusions, solutions and actions – provide family with their own copy. Within 15 working days
Share information with family Within 15 working days
Set a date to review the plan either with the family or through a TAF review meeting. Within 6 weeks of completing assessment
Continually review plan Within 3 months of each other
If outcomes have not been achieved re-assess the family using the Early Help Assessment in order to take into account any change in needs. 12 months from start of intervention

Last Updated on Monday, January 23, 2023

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