Shropshire Council

Early help forms

In Shropshire there's a range of tools available to assist practitioners in assessing unmet needs, identifying what outcomes need to be achieved and how this will be done. The tools we have ensure that children, young people and their families participate in the decisions that affect their lives, and that their voices are heard.

To this end, we've developed a Shropshire 'Family Webstar' assessment tool and a 'whole family action plan'. The Webstar can be used as a starting point for a discussion with family members where early help needs are emerging. The action plan is about working with the family to identify goals, solutions and tasks to aid the identification of the right service at the right time. The Family Webstar Assessment and Whole Family Action Plan replace the Early Help Assessment Form (EHAF).

Both the Webstar assessment and action plan should be complete through ECINS. If you're not yet signed up to ECINS please contact ShropshireStrengtheningFamilies@Shropshire.gov.uk

Paper copies of the Webstar assessment, plan and consent form can be sent to Compass until you are signed up to ECINS, copies of which are below.

Webstar and early help forms

Form / document What it is and when to use it

Whole Family Webstar

The Family Webstar can be used as a starting point for a discussion with family members where there are early help needs emerging. This should be completed online through ECINS.

A whole family assessment doesn't need to be completed by one person; multiple practitioners can contribute to the Family Webstar. 

We've produced some guidance to help practitioners complete the Whole Family Webstar and Assessment.

Whole family action plan

A whole family action plan supports a Webstar, and is about working with the family to identify goals, solutions and tasks to aid the identification of the right service at the right time. There is guidance for practitioners on how to complete a Whole Family Action Plan. This plan should be completed and updated online through ECINS.

Consent form

A briefing sheet on information sharing has been developed for parents to help them understand why their personal information is held, and why it may be necessary to share that with agencies as part of the support and help provided.

We're committed to being open and honest with families from the outset as to why, what, how and with whom their personal information will be shared. We urge professionals to gain written consent when seeking consultation or making referrals.

Request for intervention

This form is for non-ECINS users to request an intervention from a targeted early help service.

Referral form for 0-25 Emotional Health and Wellbeing services

This form is to make a referral for the new 0-25 Emotional Health and Wellbeing service – previously CAMHS

Funding Application

If all avenues of support and resources for a family have been explored and there is a gap in provision that if provided would make a difference, practitioners can collectively decide to apply for some funding to support the Family Plan. This funding application must be agreed at an Early Help Partnership Plus meeting by all practitioners present.  The case should clearly identify that the family meet at least two of the Strengthening Families criteria and should be on ECINS, with consent, a whole family assessment and whole family action plan completed.  These must clearly identify the need for the funding and what outcomes and measures are expected to be achieved through the funding.

Where should your forms be sent?

When you have completed the Request for intervention form please attach, along with a whole family consent form, and email to shropshirestrengtheningfamilies@shropshire.gov.uk. A member of the Strengthening Families Team will contact you upon receipt and create a case on ECINS with you and explain how to upload your assessment and plan. 

Funding applications should also be sent through to shropshirestrengtheningfamilies@shropshire.gov.uk.

To access the 0-25 Emotional Health and Well-Being Service – Bee U, please send the completed referral form by secure email to 025SPA@sssft.nhs.uk.