Early Help

Extract taken from Stoke on Trent and Staffs CAF website


The Children and Young People Strategic Partnership Board agreed, on 28 February 2014, for the Early Help Assessment to replace the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) across all agencies from 1 April 2014. Early Help for families has evolved from the Common Assessment Framework (CAF). Early Help is similar to CAF in that it is an early intervention and prevention process.


Existing CAF's will remain 'in situ' until the case is closed.


The Early Help Assessment (EHA) is a tool that can be used to assess both families and adult only households. Practitioners no longer have to complete multiple assessments for each household member, avoiding duplication, and children, families and adults will not be expected to repeat their story to different professionals.


The paperwork has been developed using learning from practitioner and family experiences with the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) and the Early Help Assessment pilot, the Re-balance me pilot project and principles and family assessments developed in other Local Authority areas.