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SEND in the Early Help Process - Information for Professionals

SEND support is embedded within the Early Help process.  The Early  Help Assessment form will be essential for:

  • SENCOs following the 'Graduated Response' outlined in the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice (DfE 2015).
  • Recording evidence of high quality teaching and SEN support in schools and settings using the information and advice set out in Bands 1 and 2 of the Cumbria SEND Handbook.

When an additional need is identified for a child or young person, whether social, emotional, developmental or educational, an Early Help Assessment form can be started to gather information.  The emphasis is on assessing all aspects of a child or young person's strengths, needs and circumstances, developing a plan to meet identified needs and reviewing progress systematically.

If, following the assess-plan-do-review process, the setting required support from the Learning Improvement Service or the Inclusion Service, eg: early years area SENCO, specialist advisory teacher or educational psychologist to meet the needs of the child or young person then the following should be undertaken:

  • Fully complete the EHA form
  • Decide on one service to request
  • Gain written parent/carer consent
  • Send the assessment form to the local SEND office with supporting evidence.
  • Register the assessment with the Early Help Team at:

To download documents and for further information, please view Cumbria's CSCP website.

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