How do we respond when needs are identified?

Early HelpWe respond to needs in four ways:

  • Encourage and support parents to access services on their own, making use of the Families Information Service.
  • A single service response when an additional need is identified that the family cannot deal with or meet on their own. Following Principle 1 of Early Help, parents can be supported to ‘self-serve’ and get direct support to develop their skills, knowledge and personal resilience. 
  • An Early Help assessment and team around the family/ child (TAF / TAC) response at times when multiple or complex needs are identified, with the help of a Lead Practitioner to co-ordinate a multi-service response.
  • Planned and targeted response in advance for groups of children who are vulnerable by circumstance or environment to address inequality and promote better outcomes. For example, a child with a special educational need or disability (SEND); children from a minority or different ethnic background (BME); or children living in poverty.  

The one front door online form can be used for Early Help enquiries, or to report a concern about a child. The form is responded to in two ways, shown in this diagram:

One Front Door

In Doncaster, the ‘Continuum of Need and Response’ and ‘Thresholds Guidance’ helps those working with children, young people and families to identify the level of support they need.