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The name ‘CAF ’ has changed to Early Help Assessment. This incorporates Signs of Safety and we have moved away from the former structure specified in the CAF framework. We also think Early Help Assessment is straightforward and easier for everyone to understand. The EHA principles are the same as for the CAF, it enables all practitioners to provide a coordinated, joined up response so that families receive the support that they need.
 

The Early Help Assessment (EHA)

The EHA is a simple way to help identify what we are worried about and what is working well for children, young people and families. Professionals work together with the families to identify what needs to happen and this is reviewed every 6 weeks. It is to be used as the Early Help Assessment tool for all professionals/agencies delivering early intervention to families in Tameside. When a child, young person or family is in need of support, an EHA will identify the best way forward at the earliest opportunity. The EHA is underpinned by the Signs of Safety way of working around solution focused ideas and motivational conversations. An EHA is about working together with children and families to focus on positive changes that promote safety.

Early Help is about engaging a child/young person and families in an open and honest conversation about how to get things going well for them again. The EHA is most importantly about giving the child/young person/family a voice and ensuring that they are at the centre of everything we do. It is about collaborative planning, connecting family and professional ideas with resources for positive change.  The Tameside EHA helps children, young people, their family and practitioners working with them to clearly record their current situation, strengths and areas of needs and ensure that a robust plan of support is in place and check that it is working. The child/young person/family need to understand and feel comfortable with the purpose which is to help them.

All families have a ‘Lead Professional’. The Lead Professional is the main person that works with the family and keeps them updated, they are responsible for holding meetings bringing everyone together, recording discussions and making sure the plan is working.

Please click on the button below to look at Guidance for Information Sharing.


 

Early Help Assessment Team

What can we offer?

 

You can download the Initial and Review Early Help Assessment documents here:

 
 


Views of parents obtained, who have completed the EHA process

  • Parents feel positive and happy that everyone is more aware of his behaviour at home. Parents think that school and home working as a partnership will help him.
  • Both parents and step-parents are keen to implement the plan in an effort to help her and the whole family. Parents have spoken to both children before they completed this EHA and they fully understand that any actions put in place are to support them.
  • I feel the assessment is a good idea, as it is beneficial to have all the information in one place. I think this will help my child. I think it is a good idea to get everyone’s views.
  • Parents are happy with the actions in the plan.
  • Parents were happy to engage in the EHA assessment to find achievable goals to help the children.
  • Mum feels this plan with have a positive impact and will aid in improving the current situation/s. and also the families quality of life.
  • Parents are happy with the actions in the plan. Parents were happy to engage in the EHA assessment to find achievable goals to help the children.


You can download a trifold pamphlet for the Early Help Assessment for parent/carers and give it to them but please ensure you read it with them where possible to explain it to them and answer any questions they have.

 

Please click on the button to find a list of FAQs.

 
  

Access to Training

EHA Team Eventbrite – For the full day Early Help Assessment training, runs on a monthly basis
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/eha-team-26545973101 
 
TSCP – For training the panel delivers – Safeguarding, Graded Care Profile and Signs of Safety
https://www.tamesidesafeguardingchildren.org.uk
 
For more information/advice, you can speak to the EHA advisors in the area you work, by contacting them on:
 

(Ashton)
0161 342 2255

(Stalybridge/Dukinfield/Mossley)
0161 342 5533

(Hyde/Hattersley/Longdendale)
0161 342 5353

(Denton/Droylsden/Audenshaw)
0161 342 5197


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