Youth homelessness - support and early help

Youth Homelessness & Housing Team

Diane Harrison
Intensive Early Help Manager (Youth Homelessness, Health & Wellbeing) - Countywide

Andrew Kenney
Youth Homelessness & Housing Officer - Carlisle and Eden

Emmie Sutherland
Youth Homelessness & Housing Officer - Barrow and South Lakes

Helen Walker
Youth Homelessness & Housing Officer - Allerdale and Copeland

Further contact information can be found on the who to contact page

Early Help Assessment

The Early Help Assessment is a way of making sure you get the right help as soon as possible.

An Early Help Assessment is a voluntary assessment which your young person may agree to in order to work out what support they might need.  This could include help with drugs/alcohol, finding education/training, learning support etc.  If you as the parent/carer need support you can also be involved. 

All the agencies involved can talk to each other and this means the young person won't have to keep telling their story to different people. 

If the young person agrees to this they will be asked to sign a consent form.  This consent form allows the person to tell the other professionals their story then everyone (including you if you're involved and your child/young person) gets together to do an Action Plan. 

This is about what your child wants and how they think they would like to be supported and should get them the right kind of support from the right people.

They will have a Co-ordinator who will co-ordinate their Early Help Assessment.  They can choose who they want their Co-ordinator to be.  This person will listen to their worries, support them and keep them informed about what's happening.

The information on the Early Help Assessment will not be shared with anyone else unless the young person agrees, or if:

  • We need to find out urgently if they or someone else is at risk of harm; 

  • We need to help them or someone else who is at risk of harm; 

  • We need to help stop a crime.