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Early Help and Family Support Assessment (EHFSA)

If you are struggling to meet the needs of a child or young person and have already tried accessing support through the local Children's Centre or child's school or setting then an Early Help and Family Support Assessment (often referred to as an EHFSA) may help to identify extra support from other services.

An EHA can be completed with the parent/carer and child by any service or setting that they already have contact with i.e. child's pre-school, nursery, school, children's centre, Health Visitor, GP etc. This will look at the circumstances surrounding the child, identifying strengths and needs and with the parent/carer’s consent be discussed with other professionals to see how they may be able to support.

When completing the EHFSA a Lead Professional will be allocated who will act as a point of contact to avoid children and their parents/carers becoming overwhelmed with information from lots of different sources. This lead professional will normally be someone the child and parent/carer already know and feel comfortable with.

EHFSAs are typically for 0-19 year olds but will be extended to 25 year olds for those with Special Educational Needs.The EHFSA was previously known as a CAF (Common Assessment Framework).

If you are a professional you can find more information here or obtain a copy of the Early Help Family Support Form here. Families can find more information on the Early Help Assessment here

Who to contact

In an emergency
call 999

To report a non-urgent incident or crime to the Police
call 101

If you have concerns about a child, call Southend's Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub Plus ‘MASH+’ on 01702 215007
Select Option 1 and then either: Option 1 for professional advice; Option 2 for a specific social worker; OR Option 3 for MASH+ administration.

If you have concerns about an adult, call Southend's Access Team
01702 215008 option 1

To report concerns outside of office hours, call Emergency Duty Team on
0845 606 1212