About EHAT

The aim of Early Help is to build on people's capacity and resources to manage their own dilemmas, resolve their own difficulties and prevent further problems in the future.

Early Help is not a designated team - it is the way that everyone works together to support the needs of families.

Early Help Assessment Tool (EHAT)

The EHAT is a simple tool for gathering information to help identify the needs of children and families and make a plan to meet those needs. It is a shared tool which can be used by all agencies in Liverpool who are delivering early help.  Its purpose is to provide a co-ordinated response so nobody misses out on the support they need.

Providing early help is a key part of delivering frontline services that are integrated and focused around the needs of children and young people. It is a standardised approach to conducting an assessment with the involvement of families.

How to use the early help process

When is an EHAT needed?

To begin with, you need to identify if the child or young person needs extra support.  An EHAT might be needed when:

  • there is a significant change or worrying feature in a child’s appearance, demeanour or behaviour.
  • a significant event in a child’s life has occurred, or where there are worries about the parents, carers or home.
  • the parent or someone in the wider family or social network is experiencing issues (for example substance abuse/misuse, violence or physical or mental health problems, crime) that might impact on the child.
  • a child is regularly missing medical appointments, immunisations etc.
  • the child is experiencing other disadvantages for reasons such as race, gender, sexuality, religious belief or disability.
  • a child or family are coming out of social care.

You can use the Liverpool ‘Responding to Need Guidance and Levels of Need Framework’ to help you assess whether the child needs extra support.

If you are a practitioner who is going to complete an EHAT please refer to the Practitioner Information section.

Contact us

If you need further help, contact us:

North Hub: Clubmoor Children's Centre Tel: 0151 233 3637. Email: EHLHnorth@liverpool.gcsx.gov.uk.

Central Hub: Clubmoor Children's Centre Tel: 0151 233 5241. Email: EHLHcentral@liverpool.gcsx.gov.uk.

South Hub: Belle Vale Children's Centre Tel: 0151 233 4447. Email: EHLHsouth@liverpool.gcsx.gov.uk.

Information leaflets