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Safeguarding Children: Common Assessment Framework

What is the CAF? (Family CAF)

A framework to help those working with children, young people and families to assess children and young people’s additional needs for earlier, and more effective services, and develop a common understanding of those needs and how to work together to meet them.

Many local authorities have now adopted the Family Common Assessment Framework  (FCAF) which enables them to assess all family members so that they can identify the right support for families and work together with other professionals to support them.

This may be relevant to you running a club or leisure activity class because some of your children and young people may have a CAF.  You may be asked to work with other professionals in supporting the child or young person to thrive.

The CAF is generally used with children and young people up to the age of 18, but its use can be extended beyond 18 where appropriate to help the young person to have a smooth transition to adult services. In the case of the Connexions service, the CAF can be used with young people up to the age of 19, and up to the age of 24 where a young person has a learning difficulty or disability.

Common Assessment Framework diagram

These extracts have been reproduced from The Common Assessment Framework for children and young people, a guide for practitioners with permission for non-commercial education or training purposes.

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