What does it mean? – E

This page is part of our handy list of definitions and explanations of some of the terms that you might have come across but didn’t know what they meant. If you think we’ve missed something, let us know, and we’ll look at added it to the list. 

These are the entries for E. You can see other entries by clicking the letters below.



Eating Disorder

An eating disorder is a problem that occurs in anyone of any age from any background. There are many different types of eating disorder but they involve an overwhelming sense of needing to control or being unable to control how much or how little you eat. If you think you might have an eating disorder, you should speak to your doctor. Beat have more information and a helpline.

Early Help

Early Help is about making sure that children living in Devon are safe, healthy, happy and well educated and ensuring help is provided as soon as it is needed. Early Help Coordinators work across Devon to ensure that those children and families needing help are receiving it, and from the right professionals. If you are accessing Early Help services you should have a TAF (Team Around the Family) plan in place.

Education Health &Care Plan (EHCP)

The law changed in 2014 about how children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities up to the age of 25 are assessed and get support and the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) was introduced. An EHCP will look at all the needs a child or young person has across education, health and care. Professionals from each area, along with parents and carers, will look at the outcomes you want to achieve, what support you need to achieve them and how that support will be paid for…If you think you might need support speak to your carer or a teacher so that you can talk about what you need in something called, ‘My Plan’. Once it has been agreed it will be monitored to make sure progress is being made.

EDT (Emergency Duty Team)

This stands for the Emergency Duty Team. Most social workers work between 9am and 5pm, Mon – Fri but there is a small group of social workers who are on call in case things happen outside these times. If there is a problem late at night or at the weekend, you might need to contact the Emergency Duty Team on 0345 600 0388.

Educational Psychologist

Often called Ed Psych or EP, these are qualified psychologists who give advice to schools and head teachers on how to improve a young person’s achievement whilst they are in school.

Emergency Protection Order (EPO)

An Emergency Protection Order is granted by the court when social workers are worried about an immediate and significant risk of harm that a child needs protecting from. An Emergency Protection Order will last for 8 days at the most. The Local Authority can ask for this to be continued for another 7 days if they think it’s important for your protection. In that time your social worker will work with you and your family to decide whether it’s safe for you to return home or whether there is a need for a Care Order.

If this happened to you then you probably became a Child in Care quite suddenly and you might feel confused and worried. Your social worker should listen to you and answer your questions. Your social worker might have found somewhere for you to live just for a short time, while they find a place where you can live safely for longer.


Exploitation is when someone is used by someone else or a group of others for their own gain. It usually involves a period of grooming where the victim is led to believe that the person/ people exploiting them is their close friend or group of friends. Criminal exploitation involves tricking, paying or coercing someone into doing crimes (such as selling drugs). Sexual exploitation involves tricking, paying or coercing someone into doing sexual acts. The victim will often be led to believe that this has been their choice. If you think you are being exploited, it is very important to tell the police or a professional. If you have been exploited and have committed crimes as a result, you will not be punished and there is support available to you.