Front-line practitioners across the public, private, voluntary and community sector are having the first conversations with families who they feel have an emerging unmet need to ensure they get the right help.
It is designed to help anyone who already knows a child and their family to talk to them about their lives and any concerns that they may have. It acts as the basis for an analysis of what action to take together, with other services and community partners to reach a point where extra help is no longer needed.
Because every practitioner in Staffordshire uses the same tool, it means that once started, any other practitioners or agencies who become involved with a family simply add to the original: there is no need for the family to tell their story again.
All EHAs, with the consent of the family, should be forwarded to Families First so that this involvement can be recorded.
This is for two reasons: firstly, it means that if someone else has already registered a concern about the child or any of their family members, then that information can be shared. It also means that the Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board can maintain an overview of the people who are supporting children and families across the county, and can organise its training and support accordingly.