Checklists, Tools and Training

There are a number of checklists, pathways, tools and training to help practitioners in supporting children and families in need of Early Help support. 


The Assessment

The Early Help Assessment covers 6 key areas of need that should be assessed:

  • Education
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Families where children need help
  • Economic wellbeing
  • Relationships
  • Community engagement

Please click each heading for further guidance that section.

Team Around the Family Meetings

The structure TAF meetings has been designed to help Lead Practitioners run effective and efficient meetings.  By the end of each meeting, all attendees should have participated with informing and guiding the plan to achieve the outcomes of the assessment for the family.  The family, in turn, should feel confident that they are receiving the right coordinated support at the right time.  There are a number stages in the meeting; these are listed below:

  • Introductions
  • Apologies
  • Update from Family
  • Update S.M.A.R.T. Plan
  • Review or Close

View the documents below for further guidance on how to approach a TAF meeting. 

Useful Documents

TAF Meeting Structure (word 158KB)

Early Help training is available to all practitioners working with children and young people in Sefton.  There are two aspects to this training: Early Help Assessment, Plan and Review Training; and EHM System Training.  Information on the contents and the dates for all scheduled training events can be found via the online training booking system.

EHM Support Sessions

Support sessions are held on a monthly basis to provide help and assistance with any queries regarding using EHM.  The support session are for users of the EHM system who need help to record the support they are providing to families. The sessions are on a drop-in basis, however, places are limited, therefore, in order to ensure we have sufficient people available to provide the help necessary, it is essential to enrol via the online training system. Please indicate what time you wish to attend when applying for a place.

All the sessions below will all be held at Ainsdale CLC as drop in sessions from 9:30 to 5:00.  You must be a user of the EHM System to attend one of the support sessions.

  • 26th November 2019
  • 12th December 2019
  • 21st January 2020
  • 27th February 2020
  • 17th March 2020
  • 23rd April 2020
  • 14th May 2020
  • 25th June 2020
  • 22nd July 2020
  • 11th August 2020
  • 22nd September 2020
  • 22nd October 2020
  • 17th November 2020
  • 8th December 2020

Last Updated on Sunday, January 3, 2021

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