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Early Help Assessment

1. Overview

The Early Help Assessment is replacing the CAF

For many years the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) has been the form that has been used in Stockport when identifying additional needs and support for children and families.

From August 2016, the Stockport Family Early Help Assessment (EHA) will be introduced in a phased way, replacing the existing Common Assessment Framework (CAF). The EHA assesses the whole family situation and helps to identify the needs of the children and adults in the family. The EHA principles are the same as for the CAF, but it is far more simple and straightforward to use.

It is a shared, strengths based tool that can be used by all practitioners to provide a coordinated response so that families receive the support that they need.

The assessment aims to:

  • be family/child friendly
  • promotes a conversation with families
  • focus on what the family want to achieve
  • allow the family to decide which areas they need support with and where they may be struggling

The EHA is one form that can be used for the whole family. It is simpler and easier to complete.

EHA principles remain the same as for the current CAF:

  • consent based process
  • assessment should be completed with the child/family
  • should be used as an assessment of strengths and needs
  • a support plan should be developed with the family and all agencies involved and regularly reviewed