Revised Early Help and Assessment Form (EHAF)

The EHAF aims to provide practitioners across the children's workforce a tool to help them quickly assess need and plan their own interventions. For many years structured assessment tools for use by professionals working with vulnerable children and young people have been provided. These have been revised over time but have always been referred to as 'the CAF' in reference to the 'Common Assessment Framework' on which they are based. The Framework is a nationally used and evidenced based model on which a holistic assessment can be made.

In March 2014, the Early Help Assessment Form (EHAF) [Word] was introduced, as the accepted format for Common Assessment Framework compliant assessment in Nottinghamshire. The Early Help Assessment Form still uses the Common Assessment Framework to underpin its structure and promotes the involvement of children and families in agreeing what positive change is required.

Practitioners can log the start and completion of the EHAF with the Early Help Unit, who will confirm whether an EHAF is already open. They can be registered by phoning the Early Help Unit on 0115 804 1248 or emailing the details to

As of 1 September 2020, the referral element of the EHAF was replaced by the Early Help online referral form below. The Early Help Assessment Form (EHAF) [Word]  will remain in use as an assessment and planning tool for universal services working with families with emerging needs.

For guidance on completing the referral form, please read How to guide: Early Help online form [PDF]

Privacy note

The information recorded in this form will be used to provide services to the child/young person and may be stored electronically. A copy will be held securely with Nottinghamshire County Council's Children and Families Department and may be used for monitoring purposes, where all identifying information will be removed.

Children and young people can agree to the sharing of agreed information with members of my family if necessary, and detail exceptions to this on the EHAF. Children and young people can withdraw from this agreement at any time by contacting Early Help Services.

Nottinghamshire County Council is committed to protecting your privacy and ensuring all personal information is kept confidential and safe – for more details see the Family Service Privacy Notice.

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