Section 11 audit guidance

Question 7.3 - If appropriate do staff know when to under-take or make a referral for an Early Help Assessment formerly known as CAFs? 

An early help assessment helps you to capture your assessment of the current needs of a child/young person and their family. It should be completed in partnership with the child/young person and their parents/carers. The assessment is used to agree next steps in order to access appropriate early help support and co-ordinate services. This is primarily intended to be used for a multi-agency assessment, however could also be used for a single agency assessment. This should be kept on the child/young person’s file by the lead professional and also uploaded to MOSAIC if you have access.

An Early Help Request form should be completed to make a request for early help support through and Early Help Hub or cluster, for a child/young person, or to refer a child or young person to an early help support service.  This includes Restorative Early Support, Multi-Systemic Therapy, Signpost or Family Together Leeds.  On completion the form should be submitted to the appropriate service. 

These forms are available by emailing families.first@leeds.gov.uk
 

Workforce development opportunities are available and include:

See our Early Help pages for further information on the Early Help approach and contact details for early help support services.