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Early Help and CAF

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Course Overview

  • Intermediate
  • 2-3 Study Hours
  • Online Study
  • Self-Printed Certificate
  • 4 CPD Points
  • CPD Certified

Course description

The course includes challenges to test the learner’s ongoing knowledge, videos and interactivity to retain interest, examples of early help in schools and colleges, downloads of relevant reading and reports including the Victoria Climbié inquiry, and full details about using the CAF form.

Early help or early intervention involves supporting families when a problem first occurs and can be utilised at any point in a child or young persons life. 

Early help can have massively positive impacts on a childs future development and is therefore crucial that anyone working with children, young people or their families understands the importance of early help. 

You will learn

  • Why information sharing is important; what can be shared, what should be shared, and how to do this correctly
  • The legal framework of information sharing, including consent and agreements
  • Recognise the principles and rules, such as the Caldicott Principles
  • Understand what is meant by ‘early help’, who might need early help, what type of help is available, and who provides it
  • Know who to contact if a child or young person causes concern
  • Recognise the range of vulnerabilities experienced by children, young people, adults and families, explain the factors making people vulnerable, their implications and their risks
  • Understand and describe the professional responses to people who are vulnerable
  • Understand the Common Assessment Framework and recognise the areas it covers, and how it is used in practice

Who is it for?

Roles including:

  • Teachers
  • Teaching assistant
  • Social Workers
  • Council Workers
  • Youth and Family Workers
  • Anyone working with possibly vulnerable children, young people, adults and families


Legislation covered in this course includes:

The Care Act 2014

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  • 20% discount for orders of 10+ of the same course
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  • 40% discount for orders of 100+ of the same course

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