Staffordshire Early Help Assessment (Staffordshire CAF)
When a child, young person or family is in need of extra support it is important that we identify the best way forward at the earliest opportunity.
The Early Help Assessment (formerly know as the Staffordshire Common Assessment Form or Staffordshire CAF) is a universal tool for practitioners from any service. You can use it with the child or young person and their family to summarise and clearly record their current circumstances including areas of need and of strength. This then forms the basis for an agreed way to work together to achieve the improvements in the life of that child and family.
A copy of the Staffordshire Early Help Assessment Form and further guidance and information on this is available on the Staffordshire Safeguarding Children's Board web site.
If you work with families, knowing how to put Early Help in place is your responsibility, wherever you work.
Early Help in Staffordshire recognises and builds upon a family’s strengths. It isn’t about doing it for them; it’s about helping them to find the right solutions to improve their situation.
The Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board have launched a new strategy to help you provide Early Help to families.
Early Help tools
As part of this, some practical, easy to use Early Help tools have been developed that everyone across the county will be using.
To help you understand Staffordshire's approach to Early Help a series of web pages have also been created. These pages will be updated over the coming weeks with additional information on how to identify, assess and address a family's need for Early Help.
For further information please see the Staffordshire Safeguarding Children's Board Early Help pages.
Early Years Forum
Some children need extra help before they start school. Parents and health professionals such as health visitors and doctors are usually the first to notice if a child may need extra help.
Staffordshire County Council Education Service has set up Early Years Forums in each district to help identify these children, recommend the appropriate support available and monitor progress, in partnership with parents/carers and other agencies.
Further details on the Early Years Forums and forms relating to Early Years funding are available below:
- Early Years Forum Leaflet (12 KB)
- Early Years AEN Application Form (572 KB)
- Early Years AEN Review Proforma (564 KB)
- EYF referral form (32 KB)
- Guidance for AEN Funding in PVI (387 KB)
- Criteria for 2 year olds (207 KB)
- Criteria for 3 year olds (222 KB)
Special Educational Needs and Disability Policies
- Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy - Mainstream schools (110 KB)
- Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy - Special Schools (98 KB)
- Protocol on Children Missing Education due to Health Needs (112 KB)
Schools responsibilities and duties in identifying and supporting all children with special educational needs (SEN) whether or not they have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) are outlined in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 0-25 years.