Early Help Teams support the family support process however, to have a family support
process you do not necessarily need involvement from the Early Help Team as these can be
managed by schools. The Family Support Process is a voluntary process that is driven by
Parents. The idea behind it is that it brings multi-agencies together such as Schools, Health
Workers, Voluntary Organisations, and anyone else to create a plan on how to move things
forward for your family.
The Working Together Guidance - formalises the concept of an ‘Early Help’ assessment. This
should be undertaken by a lead professional for example:
- A family support worker (usually employed by Norfolk County Council)
- Health visitor
- Special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO)
These people should provide support to the child or family, act as an advocate on their
behalf and coordinate the delivery of support services.
This is a low-level voluntary approach different from the approaches used under the Child in Need framework or the Child Protection framework.
For more information on the Family Support Process and to request support Click Here