Early Help Assessment

Service description:

Integrated working enables practitioners supporting children and young people to work together effectively, while putting the child at the centre, to meet their needs, and improve their lives.
By combining professional expertise, knowledge and skills, and involving the child or young person and family throughout, practitioners can identify needs earlier, deliver a coordinated package of support that is centred on the child or young person, and help to secure better outcomes for them.
Integrated working is achieved by collaboration and coordination across services, through the use of integrated tools and processes.

These include:

  • Information Sharing
  • the Early Help Assessment (replacing CAF)
  • the Lead Professional role
  • the Team Around the Child

Features of the service

  • Appropriate information sharing between professionals underpins all integrated processes.
  • The Early Help Assessment, replacing the Common Assessment Framework (CAF), is an early assessment and planning tool to facilitate coordinated multi-agency support.
  • The role of the lead professional reduces overlap and inconsistency when more than one practitioner is working with a child, young person or family.
  • The team around the child includes the child or young person and their family, as well as the professionals who are involved in supporting them achieve their outcomes.
  • A comprehensive multi-agency training programme is available on an ongoing basis to ensure that practitioners understand how to share information and use the Early Help Assessment appropriately.

Benefits of the service to the customer

  • Better information sharing between professionals to promote early intervention.
  • Early Help Assessment enables professionals to efficiently identify the emerging needs of children and young people at risk of poor outcomes; it reduces duplication of assessment and improves involvement between agencies.
  • The Lead Professional acts as a single point of contact, ensuring families get appropriate timely interventions, which are well planned, regularly reviewed and effectively delivered.
  • The Team Around the Child work together to provide coordinated support.
  • The Locality Teams share information and expertise to best support the needs of the local area.

The EHA, which has been in use, is available to download and submit on the AfC website.

Or you can download the form here.

AfC has also developed a useful single agency plan the cluster teams are using when they is no multi-agency involvement. This is also based on the signs of safety model that we looked at in the signs of safety training.
This is available here.

Please be mindful of sharing information securely with others. 

Multi-agency training on the use of the tool is available to book via CPD Online

Useful resources: