Achieving for Children

Early Help Assessment

The Early Help Assessment, replacing the Common Assessment Framework (CAF), is an early assessment and planning tool to facilitate coordinated multi-agency support.

It enables professionals to efficiently identify the emerging needs of children and young people at risk of poor outcomes; it reduces duplication of assessment and improves involvement between agencies.

Downloads for practitioners


Once completed, please safely submit it to the Integrated Working team via the secure submission form here.

Please be mindful of sharing information securely with others. AfC staff: there is guidance available on the AfC intranet – search for ‘sharing information securely’.

Example forms


You can find out about training for the Early Help Assessment on the AfC CPD Online website.

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