Common assessment framework
The common assessment is a voluntary process that aims to support children who require additional help in order to do the best they can. The assessment helps to establish a child’s needs and looks at ways in which these needs can be best supported. The common assessment may occasionally be referred to as ‘CAF’.
Could this help my child?
A common assessment should only be undertaken with your consent. The assessment will assess your child’s strengths and needs and then come up with a plan of action to help support these. Though your child’s common assessment may recommend support from specific services, the assessment itself can not guarantee this.
What can I expect?
The common assessment process is broken down into stages. Before doing one, your child’s worker will seek permission from you. You will be asked to participate fully in the assessment, along with your child if appropriate to their age. This will help the worker to build a whole picture of your child’s life and development.
Early Intervention Hub
If you have completed a Family CAF or CAF it may be that the needs identified require support from a range of agencies. The practitioner will discuss this with you and with your agreement send it to the Early Intervention Hub. The Early Intervention Hub includes the CAF Team and a range of professionals who meet regularly. Please see the Early Intervention Hub leaflet (PDF, 1501kb) which gives you more information about the process.
Information for professionals
The common assessment toolkit supports professionals to facilitate the process. The materials are generic and do not contain any information regarding specific children or young people. Professionals can download and print any of the documents referred to.
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