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Early help forms

There are changes to the way our early help services are running at the moment, because of COVID-19. These changes include: assessments being completed virtually,  socially distanced face to face meetings, some services only being available over the phone or email and some of our staff needing to wear PPE (personal protective equipment)

This page is intended for practitioner use only and not for the completion by members of the public.

The new Early Help Assessment (EHA) was implemented on 1st December 2015, to replace the Common Assessment framework (CAF). All of the supporting documentation, including the EHA Guidance has been rewritten to reflect a Signs of Safety methodology.

There are standard forms to be used to record Early Help support in Rutland and you can use these documents to record the work done with families using this process.


  • The forms are not intended to be used in a bureaucratic manner, rather as an aide to record key points in the process of providing support to a family.
  • Consider how you use the forms within your own agency.
  • We recommend that you use child-friendly language. Detailed narrative is not necessary, is time-consuming and can be confusing for children, young people and their families.
  • It is important to remember that the Early Help process is designed to assist families with issues that impact on the wellbeing of their children.
  • We are using the Signs of Safety approach and it should help families to build on their strengths and address difficulties, and it is important to include their views and record in a manner that will make sense to them.



How to complete an Early Help Assessment

How to complete an Early Help action plan

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