Families First Assessment is our Early Help assessment tool. The Early Help Module (EHM) is a multi-agency case recording and management system that we use for Families First Assessment case work.
These have replaced Family CAF and eCAF system which are no longer in use.
Families First Assessment (FFA) is used by practitioners who work with children, young people, parents and carers. It's used to identify needs, and to organise the right support and services to address those needs at an early stage. The FFA process allows different agencies and services to share information and work together in a coordinated way. FFAs are voluntary, and require consent from parents or carers before they can begin.
The FFA process is designed to address needs which require a multi-agency response. FFA can and should be started by any practitioner who has identified additional needs amongst any of the children, young people or families that they work with. The FFA process uses a "whole family" approach, which allows everyone's needs in the family to be taken into account, in order to make a lasting difference.
The Families First Interactive Process Map tells you more about the process.
Starting a Families First Assessment
If you're a practitioner and need to use the Early Help Module (EHM) system, you'll need to register by filling in a new EHM user form. You must have completed EHM system training before you can use the system.
Once you receive confirmation that you've been registered, you can fill in a Families First Assessment Family registration form for the family you wish to assess.
Completed, forms should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local advice, guidance and practice support for practitioners
There's a named Senior Families First Co-ordinator and Families First Co-ordinator covering each double district (local hub) to champion, promote and support effective use of Families First Assessments. They also provide information, advice, guidance and practice support on the Families First delivery model, processes and Early Help Module (EHM) system.
Contact your local Senior or Families First Coordinators if you're experiencing any difficulties or require information, advice, guidance and practice support on Families First processes, tools and Early Help Module system.
Families First EHM training
EHM system support
If you have any queries or need support with the Early Help Module system, contact your local Senior or Families First Coordinators or Families First Helpdesk: