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TheCommon Assessment Framework

Delivered by: Gill Downton

Bromley CAF Team

The Common Assessment Framework

  • A standardised method of assessment for assessing children and young peoples needs. Recognising that promoting the well-being of children and young people and safeguarding them from harm is everyone’s business

  • Be proactive – identify concerns as early as possibleand initiate actions

  • Relevant to any agency who provides a service to children and young people and will support multi-agency working together

3 Dimensional

Child/YP seen in the context of the whole family & community

2 Dimensional

The focus is on the whole child

1 Dimensional

The focus is on the needs relevant to your agency

Holistic Assessment

Early Intervention (Cover of The Second Independent Report by Graham Allen MP)

The CAF is NOT simply a FORM to fill in!

It is a PROCESS which is supported by a standard form

The process includes:

  • A holistic assessment focussing on needs and strengths

  • Team Around the Child (TAC) meetings

  • A multi-agency action plan instead of several uncoordinated single agency plans

  • A Lead Professional

  • A review process

Role of the CAF Team

The CAF Team (4.2 FTE inc Manager and Administrator) is responsible for: -

  • providing appropriate training, support, advice and information to practitioners using the framework;

  • offering a chairing facility for complex ‘Team Around the Child’ meetings;

  • the management of Information Systems relating to CAF including a central depository for all CAFs;

  • monitoring and auditing CAF implementation & progress within Bromley.


TAC Meetings

  • Where a TAC meeting is chaired by the CAF Team and the consensus is that a referral to Children’s Social Care (CSC) is required the CAF Team will make the referral and escalate it as appropriate

  • If the case is not accepted as a referral the CAF Team can continue to support with ongoing TACs

Step-down from CSC

  • The Social Worker (SW) will contact the preferred Lead Professional (LP) and discuss step down with them. If the family give consent, the SW can share a copy of their recent assessment report with the LP. The ongoing needs must be clearly identified and a proposed action plan put in place. The LP should then register a copy of the shared assessment and agreed Action Plan with the CAF Team.

  • If the child has complex multiple needs, good practice should mean that the SW arranges a final case closure/ Team Around the Child (TAC) meeting and invites the LP to the meeting as well as other practitioners. The young person (where age appropriate) and/or parent/carer(s) must also be present.


  • Early intervention

  • Improved joint working

  • Much clearer information about family situations – a structure under which to gather that information

  • Parent/carer engagement & empowerment

  • Parent/carer and/or Young Person given a voice

  • Via TACs/consultation

  • Multiagency 3 dimensional approach

  • A multiagency plan instead of several service specific plans – reducing overlap, common goals and shared responsibility

  • Engagement of agencies

  • Preserved history – a picture built up over time*

  • Myth blowing assumptions about who is involved and doing what*

CAF use within Bromley

CAFs via age range 2010/11

Other sources of information

  • CAF Practitioner and Managers Guides (July 09)

  • Information sharing guidance and training materials

  • Bromley Safeguarding Children Board (info re CAF Training, relevant guidance and CAF Form)

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