Early Help

Early Help aims to support practitioners working together to improve outcomes for children and young people. It involves the use of common tools, processes and language (such as Common or Early Help Assessment, Information Sharing, YorOK Child Index/eTrak, Lead Practitioner).

These support members of the workforce to identify vulnerable children and young people early, assess their needs in a holistic way and provide support that is coordinated and built around the needs of children and young people.

The Children's Advice Team are available to provide any advice or support around Early Help processes.

Early Help tools

The delivery of integrated frontline services to improve outcomes for children and young people needs a common approach by all practitioners at all levels of intervention.

There are a variety of tools to help practitioners support children and young people.

EARLY HELP TRAINING PROGRAMME - As a practitioner you are strongly encouraged to undertake training in integrated working and assessment.

Information Sharing

Advice on information sharing between practitioners

Common or Early Help Assessment

A common way of gathering information about children / young people and families and deciding what type of support is needed

Lead Practitioner

Someone to coordinate support to a child or young person and family


A guide to help you decide what level of concern you have about a child or young person

Service Directory

The YorOK service directory is now linked to the national Family Information Direct. This means you can now search for services right across the whole country.

Team around the child and family (TACF)

The TACF brings together the parent, child or young person and practitioners into a small team focused around the needs of a child or young person.

Integrated Working and School Attendance

Download resources and guidance around Early Help and School Attendance.