Single Assessment Procedures
This document provides you with the procedures for Single Assessment
Single Assessment Guidance
This guidance is intended to provide the practitioner with an understanding of what factors need to be understood within the single assessment. Access The Single Assessment form here
If you are a professional and want to make a referral to First Contact please use the Children’s Services Referral Form. The Threshold Document may be a useful reference tool. Please email your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW! Making a Request for Early Help
Countywide Roll Out – Monday 2 March 2020
If you are a professional wanting to support County Durham’s children, young people and families with early help the current process for accessing early help via the Children’s Service Referral Form is now REPLACED by the following:
1.Obtain agreement with the family for their information to be discussed and shared with relevant agencies in order that appropriate support can be offered and provided (see Aide Memoir below);
2. Complete the new on-line Early Help Request Form at the following link: https://doitonline.durham.gov.uk/service/Early_Help_Referral
- Select ‘Services’
- Type in ‘Early Help’ in Keyword Search to take you to the Early Help Form.
There will be the facility for you to create an account (see below instructing how to create an account) which will allow you to save and return to an incomplete Early Help Form before submitting should you require this.
By creating an account, you will also be able to:
- view the progress of the Early Help Request Form and
- view the history of all your submitted Early Help Request Forms OR
3. Telephone our Early Help Triage Workers on 03000 267 979 (Option 4)
For more information please refer to the Place Based Approach Briefing, here.
First Contact Service Guidance for Professionals
First Contact aims to get families the support they need, when they need it, from the right service. This guidance will help you provide us with the details we need.
There are a range of toolkits and guidance for practitioners undertaking Single Assessments to provide a sound evidence base upon which to form robust analysis and decision making.