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the common assessment framework

TheCommon Assessment Framework

Delivered by: Gill Downton

Bromley CAF Team

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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


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
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
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
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*
other sources of information
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)