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					                           CROYDON CAF CHECKLIST
   Do you have concern about a child or young person or do they have an
additional need? If so, the Common Assessment Framework should be used.

    (All CAF forms can be downloaded from Croydon’s Children and Families Partnership
      website: http://www.croydon.gov.uk/contents/departments/healthsocial/doc/caf-

1    A CAF Pre-Assessment Checklist (PAC) should be completed to record the
     child/young person’s details and the reason for your concern. You are the Lead
     Professional from this point

     Please note: If your concern relates to Child Protection, CAF is not appropriate and Local
     Safeguarding Children procedures should be followed.

     If you are unsure and require advice, contact Croydon Referral, Information and
     Support Service CRISS:
     by email: criss@croydon.gov.uk
     by phone: 0845 11 11 100 or 0208 688 6383

2    Contact CRISS to let them know you have completed a PAC and to find out who else
     may be working with a child/family.

     They will advise you and record that you have completed a Pre-Assessment Checklist. You
     will be given contact details of the Lead Professional if one exists so that you can liaise with
     them to avoid duplication of effort.

3    Consider next steps – can you provide additional support in house? If so, then
     continue to do so. However, if you feel further information is necessary or the issues
     require input from other agencies, then a Common Assessment (CAF2) should be
     offered to the parent/carer/young person so that the family’s needs/strengths and any
     issues are properly understood so that appropriate support/services can be identified.

     As the purpose of offering a CAF is to clearly identify the child/young person’s needs and
     strengths, and because the information on the assessment is personal to them, consent is
     needed before a CAF can be completed to enable the sharing of any relevant information
     with other professionals who may be able to provide support.

4    If consent is refused - please notify CRISS who will record this on the Child Index.
     Although you cannot complete the CAF with the family if consent is refused, you can
     continue to provide professional support and seek further advice from your Manager or from
     CRISS if necessary.
     If consent agreed – complete CAF 2 together with child/young person/parent –

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5     remember it’s their information and it is important to reflect their views and wishes.
      You should ensure consent boxes are signed.
      Once completed, please securely send a copy to CRISS:
      By secure email or by post in double envelopes marked ‘private and confidential’

6     Once CAF 2 completed, strengths, needs and wishes of the family identified consider
      the specific needs that have been identified and the type of support that is needed
      and the agencies who can provide support. If in doubt seek advice from CRISS.

7     Contact, discuss and if appropriate share the assessment with identified practitioners
      with whom you can work as a ‘Team Around the Child’ (TAC).

8     If a meeting is necessary, share a copy of the CAF form with each attendee and
      convene a TAC meeting to which parent/carer/young person should also be invited. If
      invitees are unable to attend or send representation, discuss relevant issues

9     At the TAC Meeting, CAF 3 Form (DPR - Delivery Plan Review) should be used to
      record information. All present are expected to remain in role and address areas that
      are within their responsibility or identify other partners who may be needed to provide
      support. The Lead Professional may change within the meeting with agreement from
      those present. Actions with timescales and date of next meeting should be agreed
      and recorded and a copy of the form sent to all attendees afterwards.

10    Team around the Child (TAC) meetings should continue until services have been
      linked to the child/family and needs are being met. Once this has been achieved, the
      CAF can be closed with the agreement of all TAC members as the primary purpose of
      CAF is to identify unmet needs and link families to services/support.

11    If at any point it is felt that the issues concerned require more specialist involvement,
      advice should be taken from CRISS before any action is taken. Alternatively you can
      ask CRISS to book you onto an Early Intervention Surgery to seek advice.

12    Agencies should review their CAFs on a regular basis to identify any trends, staffing
      issues or management information that may be useful in informing the need for
      training, new services/resources/gaps in services. Managers should also ensure that
      CAFs are of good quality ie all necessary information provided; form properly
      completed. This will provide supporting evidence for any inspection to which CAF is

                 For further general advice and guidance, contact CRISS(FIS):
                                 by email: criss@croydon.gov.uk
                           by phone: 0845 11 11 100 or 0208 688 6383
     For information/advice about e-learning or ecaf contact the Integrated Working Team:
                          By email: : integrated.working@croydon.gov.uk
                                     By phone: 0208 760 5517

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