Early Help Assessment

Your Family's Early Help Assessment will replace the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) across Lancashire as of 6 September 2021.

Lancashire will cease to accept new CAF assessments from January 2022 (See CAF section).

The Early Help Assessment is an intervention with a family to gather, explore and analyse with them information about all aspects of the child or young person (and their family's) life and then to identify areas where change will address support needs and positively impact on their lived experiences.

This is recorded on an Early Help Assessment form which includes the family's Early Help Plan.

Your Family's Early Help Assessment is available to all practitioners and professionals working with children, young people, and their families across Lancashire.

Working alongside families from a holistic, strength-based approach when areas of support are first identified will stop escalation towards crisis and the need for more intensive and specialist intervention.

Through the Early Help Assessment, Plan, and reviews via Team Around the Family meetings the wider partnership of services can provide families with the right support at the right time. 

Starting or closing support

Where support is starting or closing with a family it is key the appropriate form is used, and a copy is sent to the eha@lancashire.gov.uk mailbox team so we can update our records.

Please don’t complete any of the below forms without emailing the team a copy.

Where the support is closing with a family after a final Team Around the Family meeting section "H: Moving On (Please complete if this is the final Meeting)" needs to be completed along with the "Closure Reason" section.

Where a family's support is closing where a final Team Around the Family meeting is not taking place you must email the EHA mailbox team the following information:

  • Family Name and URN numbers,
  • Date of Closure,
  • Lead Professional at the time of closure,
  • Closure Reason (All Needs Met, Child/ YP Deceased, Consent Withdrawn, Family Moved to Another Authority Area, Stepped Up to Children Social Care or Disengaged with Support),

This enables the mailbox team to update the families record so we have the most up to date information for the family.  

Early Help Assessment forms

Please don’t save a local copy of the below forms/guidance as a template.

Each time an Early Help Assessment form needs to be accessed please access them by the below link as the forms below are subject to regular reviews and updates.

Please ensure when completing each of the below forms a copy is emailed to the EHA team using the new email address eha@lancashire.gov.uk along with any updates.

Early Help Assessment - Section E - family radar

The Early Help Assessment and Plan features a family radar. The family radar is linked to the cycle of change and will help you to identify which areas of support the family need the most. By completing a family radar, we are trying to get the families you work with to understand at what point of the cycle of change they are at.

The below documents are more visual to help families and professionals complete the family radar. The documents should be completed with families and then the score and narrative inputted into Section E of the Early Help Assessment.

CAF forms (not to use for new cases from 6 September 2021)

Related guidance


Email: eha@lancashire.gov.uk