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Training, modules and forms for professionals working with children

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Early Help Assessment (EHA) training

Early Help Assessment training is aimed at people working directly with children, young people and their families. Our EHA training provides an overview of our family approach to early help and support. The training prepares you to support families in the Early Help process as well as offer, identify and initiate Early Help assessments.

Following the training, we expect you'll work towards or already have access to the Early Help Module. See information about the module and how to apply for an account in the section below.

What does EHA training include?

Our EHA training includes:

  • An introduction to the Family Services Model (FSM).
  • When and how you can undertake an EHA.
  • How you can use our Children's Needs and Response Framework (CNRF).
  • What roles and responsibilities we have when we deliver Early Help support.
  • When and how you can lead a Team Around the Family Meeting.

Do I have to complete EHA training?

There's no requirement for you to attend our training before completing an EHA or undertaking the role of lead professional, but we do recommend it.

We can also offer you support if you're completing an Early Help Support Package for a family. If you're interested in EHA help, call us using your local number below:

  • Pennines 01706 922600
  • Rochdale 01706 925200
  • Heywood 01706 927500
  • Middleton 0161 662 5100

How do I book my place for EHA training?

The process for booking a place on our EHA training depends on whether you're employed by us or not.

If you're employed by Rochdale Borough Council:

  1. Sign in or register for a Training Records and Available Courses (TRAC) account
  2. From your TRAC account, follow the instructions to book a place on an upcoming Early Help Assessment course.
  3. If you've any questions, please ring us on 01706 922414.

The TRAC site is currently offline. We'll restore this link to the site as soon as it's available again.

If you're NOT employed by Rochdale Borough Council:


  1. Download and complete the Early Help Assessment booking form below.
  2. Email your completed form to us at
  3. We'll contact you one week before the training date to confirm your place and give you the address where the training will take place.
  4. If you've any questions, please ring us on 01706 922414.
Early Help Assessment booking form (202kb pdf)

When is the EHA training?

​Our next Early Help Assessment training session will take place on

  • We'll add future dates as soon as these are available.

Early Help Assessent (EHA) forms

Standard forms are used to help practitioners record and, if needed, share the findings from the assessment.

  • The early help and assessment must be completed with the parent or carer and where appropriate, the child or young person.
  • Consent to share the information must be obtained.​
  • Read our privacy notice for details of how we process personal data.​

Early Help Assessment

Early Help Assessment Guidance

Team Around the Family (TAF)

Information sharing guidance

Needs response framework guidance

Early Help Module (EHM)

The Early Help Module (EHM) was introduced in December 2013 so EHA assessments can be recorded and shared electronically. This means that members of the Team Around the Family team can securely exchange messages, information and documents. Authorised users are able to access the system 24/7 and it will remove the need to post, email or fax sensitive information.

EHM will hold details of:

  • EHA meetings.
  • Team Around the Family meeting records and action plans.

The system will provide improved management reporting, which supports the ‘Early Help Strategy steering group’ with robust information.

How do I get an EHM (previously known as eCAF) account?

Only trained members of staff will have access to EHM. Training will be delivered by e-learning and you'll be supported by EHM champions in the workplace. Support is also available from the EHM trainer and the EHA team.

You'll need to complete all the mandatory requirements and training before you are issued with your secure log-in details.

Apply for a Early Help Module account (2MB pdf)

Childcare Workforce Training

The Rochdale Childcare Workforce Training and Professional Development programme is aimed primarily at early years, childcare and playwork providers who are registered with Ofsted on either the compulsory or voluntary registers.

Search for and book available Childcare Workforce Training


Contact your local Early Help Team.

Rochdale Early Help Team

01706 925200

Pennine Early Help Team

01706 922600

Heywood Early Help Team

01706 927500

Middleton Early Help Team

0161 662 5100