Early Help

Early Help Assessment (EHA)

The Early Help Assessment (previously known as CAF) is an assessment of the child / young person within the context of the family and community. It is not a comprehensive, core or specialist assessment and provides the opportunity for practitioners and the family to gain a better initial understanding of the child / young person's needs.

The Early Help Assessment:

  • helps identify the child or young person's needs
  • provides structure for recording information
  • can support referrals to other services
  • provides a common form of assessment which will be familiar across children and young people's services
  • reduces duplication for practitioners
  • reduces multiple assessments for young people and their families
  • can be shared with consent.

The council has issued guidelines to support you in completing the Early Help Assessment and indicating a level of need. These are guidelines only and do not replace professional judgement. The guidelines have been produced in consultation with a wide variety of agencies within Sandwell.

Please see the Multi Agency Threshold Document for advice on threshold levels.  This document provides guidance for professionals and service users to clarify the circumstances in which to refer a child to a specific agency.

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