Can help be given before a child in need assessment is finished?
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Yes. Government guidance is clear that social workers and other practitioners should not wait until the end of any assessment before putting support in place (Working Together 2018, page 34, paragraph 83).
If needs are identified at any stage of the assessment, support should be provided for the child and family as soon as possible. A parent or carer can tell the social worker if they feel support needs to be put in place urgently. Assessments can be done quickly if necessary.