Prevention & Early Intervention


Prevention & Early Intervention Strategy


Family Hubs bring together family support services including Surestart children’s centres, health visiting, school nursing, integrated family services and some youth provision. They work across community clusters and work with other partners and the community, to offer services for children and young people aged 0-19 and their families.

Please click here to find out contact details and opening times for each Family Hub.


Agencies, professionals or members of the public, if you have a worry/concern about a child or young person then you can discuss this with the newly launched Families First Access Point (FFAP) who will help you decide what needs to happen next.

Find out more about the Families First Access Point here via email or call (01472) 326292.


The process for assessing and responding to the needs of children and families now:
• Introduces a revised threshold, including the implementation of an additional threshold called Universal Plus to support families earlier.
• Has a new Family Support Pathway / Threshold of Need Document and the introduction of the Early Help Assessment and Plan.

Click here to see the Family Support Pathway

EARLY HELP ASSESSMENT & PLAN (Formerly Single Assessment)

The introduction of a Single Assessment and Plan replaced CAF (Common Assessment Framework) and was launched by North East Lincolnshire Council. It is used by all practitioners from universal services through to statutory front line social work.

Re-Launch of Single Assessment as the Early Help Assessment Presentation

From 27th April 2017 the Single Assessment has been revised and re-launched as the Early Help Assessment. The Early Help Guidance has been revised and information can be found below on all of he Early Help Assessment.

If you have any queries about the changes please contact us on: 01472 326292.

The Family Support Pathway and Early Help leaflet for Practitioners

The Early Help Assessment Form

The Early Help Assessment Practice Guidance


This is a method of safety planning with children and families, which uses a common language, is solution focused and encourages workers to assist families in taking responsibility for resolving issues and keeping their children safe.

Signs of Safety Course are NOW available. Please see the Signs of Safety Training Brief for more information on how to book on to the 3 day course.

September 2017. 26th, 28th and 29th - Doughty Learning Centre 9:15am – 16:30pm

October 2017. 17th, 18th and 19th - Doughty Learning Centre - 9:15am -16:30pm

November 2017. 1st, 2nd and 3rd - Doughty Learning Centre - 9:15am -16:30pm

December 2017. 6th, 7th and 8th - Doughty Learning Centre - 9:15am – 16:30pm


These sessions have been developed specifically for External Partners who have already completed the 2/3 or 5 days Signs of Safety training to have the opportunity to further practice and develop their understanding and skills in the core elements of the Signs of Safety approach through Live Case Mapping.

Dates available;

Tuesday 1st August 2017

9:00– 12:00 or alternate session 13:00 - 16:00

Monday 2nd October 2017

9:00 - 12:00 or alternate session 13:00 - 16:00

Friday 1st December 2017

9:00 – 12:00 or alternate session 13:00 - 16:00

All at the Doughty Learning Centre, Town Hall Square, Grimsby

To book a place;

E mail please note individual confirmation replies will not be sent but a confirmation e mail will be sent 7 days prior to the session date. You will be advised if the session you request is full.

There is currently no charge for these sessions.

Background and Training Available ****NOTE**** It is a MANDATORY requirement that you attend the Single Assessment Plan presentation BEFORE undertaking the Signs of Safety workshop.


As part of the Council’s Creating Strong Communities Programme there was a recognition that its implementation would require a different way of working within the Council as well as with partners and the local community.

To support this requirement a Children’s Workforce Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) has been developed to define the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for anyone who works, volunteers or leads work with children, young people and families within North East Lincolnshire.

The PCF has been designed to improve the quality of early prevention and help work, whilst promoting and encouraging effective individual and professional practice between agencies. It also enables the building of respectful and collaborative relationships within North East Lincolnshire’s community as well as within its multi-agency workforce.

Implicit within the PCF are the four elements of the Creating Strong Communities Programme (Signs of Safety, Restorative Practice, OBA and Family Group Conferencing). This is to ensure that these form the basis of how we work now and in the future.

The PCF also includes key areas which workers need to demonstrate proficiency in. These areas include abuse, neglect, child sexual exploitation, emotional health, equality of opportunity for children with disabilities, bullying and healthy weight for children and young people.

The PCF can be used to commission services by the articulation of required capabilities; by learning providers to understand the workforce needs of employers and employees; by strategy leads, service managers and team leaders as the foundation for a performance management framework; by higher education institutions, to understand the needs of employers and students working in children’s services; by individuals to be used as a tool to further their personal and professional development.

Following development and consultation, the PCF is now ready for implementation and is being used within the 0-19 Programme for its workforce development, which will include a skills audit to identify any required developmental gaps as well as highlight any emerging skills requirements.


The Family Support Pathway, Threshold of Need and Child Concern Model 

The Family Support Pathway and Early Help leaflet for practitioners

The Early Help Assessment Form

The Early Help Assessment Practice Guidance

Fraser Competency Checklist

Nelect Tool

Domestic Abuse Screening Tool

Foundations Screening Tool