Accessing Targeted Support
Early Help Assessments (EHAs) are also used as a gateway to access several other forms of support. An Early Help Assessment needs to be completed by a professional looking to access a Neurodevelopmental Assessment in both Peterborough and Cambridgeshire and the Early Support Pathway in both local authorities. In Peterborough, an EHA is required to access Targeted Support - a Family Worker, Young People's Worker, Specialist Sleep Support or sometimes a commissioned piece of work.
Peterborough has two citywide panels. The MASG panels are multi-agency groups of professionals that use their skills, knowledge and expertise to consider multi-agency interventions that will best meet the assessed needs of a child/family. Cases to be considered are usually where:
- The needs are either unclear or such that additional resources are needed;
- The family have been supported in the Community through an Early Help Assessment and Team around the Family (TAF) meetings but little progress has been made;
- There have been difficulties in developing an effective multi-agency support plan;
- A transition package of support may be required for a family who have recently been open to Children’s Social Care who need a range of co-ordinated targeted support to maintain and sustain progress;
- Practitioners have identified the need for more specific, targeted and sometimes, funded pieces of work to more appropriately address the needs of a family.
If you would like to talk about the Early Help process and how it could support your family, please contact Mr A Brierley or Mrs C Hilton