What is the Single Assessment?
The Single Assessment replaces the EHA (Early Help Assessment), the Initial Assessment and the Core Assessment.
The Single Assessment is in two parts.
Part One replaces the Early Help Assessment and Part Two replaces the Initial and Core Assessments.
Part Two is only completed by qualified social workers but if you identify additional needs for a child that do not meet the threshold for intervention by social workers then you may be asked to complete Part One of the Single Assessment.
Children who have additional needs may require extra support to help them in the following areas:
- The child's developmental needs;
- The parents' or caregivers' capacity to respond appropriately to those needs; and
- The wider family and environmental factors.
These areas are known as the three domains of the Assessment Framework and are sometimes depicted as a triangle:
Practitioners should complete Part One of the Single Assessment for a child if they recognise that the child / young person has needs that are not being met and they cannot provide the required help.
For more information on the Single Assessment and how this fits into Social Care processes you may wish to view this Prezi Presentation which takes you through all the recent changes.
Single Assessment Paperwork
The paperwork for the single assessment Part One can be found below.
The Registration / Referral form MUST be signed by a parent to indicate that they have given consent for the assessment and intervention and sent to the Referral and Response Service or Early Help Team so that this can be logged and you can be allocated an Early Help Co-ordinator.
The Assessment form must be completed as fully as possible from a multi-agency perspective.
The TAF Support Plan replaces the Early Help Plan and outlines the individuals involved in the Team Around the Family (TAF) and the outcomes you want to achieve for the child(ren). Please be clear and SMART in your objectives.
The following documents are useful to lead professionals undertaking the Single Assessment Part 1 process and featured on the Single Assessment briefings held in December 2015.
Single Assessment part 1 form - Good example
Team around the family (TAF) support plan - Good example
Strengthening families model
Three houses Child protection risk assessment tool
My world triangle
Assessment framework document
Referral and Response Unit
All referrals regarding a concern for a child whether they are at the Early Help, Child in Need or Child Protection level should now go through the Referral and Response Service. This is the new name for the Duty and Assessment Service but also includes workers for the Early Intervention Service.
They can be contacted on 01484 456848 and MASH@kirklees.gcsx.gov.uk . Please do not email in concerns that are of a child protection nature, these must be telephoned through on the number given.
Support from EHA Co-ordinators and Helpdesk
Kirklees EHA Co-ordinators are still available to support practitioners in undertaking the role of authoring an Early Help Assessment and being the lead professional. Advice and support on all aspects of the EHA process is available through the EHA Helpdesk on 01484 456823 or by email EarlyHelpAccessTeam@kirklees.gov.uk
If you would like further training on thresholds and the levels of need please book onto the KSCB Working Together to Safeguard Children Course, if you would like to increase your confidence in the skills required to undertake assessments, engage with and challenge families and write SMART, effective plans then please book onto the KSCB Safeguarding Skills Course.
To book on this course please login to the KSCB Course Management system here
Single Assessment Guidance
The Guidance has been developed to explain the relationship between Part’s One and Two and Children’s Social Care. The guidance contains processes for the escalation and de-escalation of cases.
Continuum of Need Response Framework
The Kirklees Children’s Continuum of Need and Response (CoNR) Framework is the local model to assist all those whose work brings them into contact with children, young people and their families to identify the level of help and protection required to assist children to grow up in circumstances that achieve their best outcomes.
This document outlines some of the most common indicators of need and risk that practitioners will come across in their work with families, and provides a multi-level framework for practitioners to use in responding with service provision and ensuring both need and risk reduce.
Team Around the Family Checklist
TAF: Lead Professional Checklist (if you would prefer this in Word document format please let us know)