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					7. 1 COMMON ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK (CAF) FOR THE ASSESSMENT
AND REFERRAL OF CHILDREN WITH ADDITIONAL NEEDS

The Common Assessment Framework is to be used for the assessment and referral
of children with additional needs. The Common Assessment Framework is not to be
used where there is reasonable cause to suspect a child is suffering or is likely to
suffer significant harm. In these circumstances Child Protection procedures must be
applied.


Potential incidents of abuse and neglect within families can, at times, be resolved by
early identification and prevention. The Common Assessment Framework for
Children and Families (CAF) will help agencies meet the obligations set by Sections
10 and 11 of the Children Act 2004 to make arrangements to safeguard and promote
the welfare of children and young people.

The CAF is a shared assessment tool for use across all services for children to help
early identification of need and promote coordinated service provision for children
with additional needs. CAF consists of a pre-assessment checklist to help decide
who would benefit from a common assessment and a standard form to record the
assessment.

The assessment covers three domains:

•    development of the unborn baby, infant, child or young person;

•    parents and carers;

•    family and environment.

CAF is supported by a database which records the names of all children subject to a
common assessment and the lead professional/practitioner responsible for
coordinating and reviewing services to the child/ren and family.

Any person in the course of discharging his/her duties who believes a child may not
reach his/her potential in terms of the five Every Child Matters outcomes without
extra support and who believes the child would benefit from an assessment in order
to determine what services should be involved should, in the first instance, confirm
with the child/young person and family whether a CAF has been undertaken, and
check the CAF database to see if a common assessment is current.

Where a common assessment is current, with the child/young person/families
consent, the individual will contact the lead practitioner/professional to share his/her
concerns and information in order for the lead practitioner to update the common
assessment and to review the single or multi-agency action plan in respect of the
child. The action plan will be amended to reflect any further action or services
required to meet the child’s needs.

When a database check reveals a common assessment has not been completed the
individual should complete a common assessment, with young person/families
consent and follow the process as outlined in the CAF procedures.

When a database check reveals a common assessment has been completed but is
no longer active the original common assessment can be used to inform the new
common assessment.
Where any individual is involved with a child who is subject to a common assessment
action plan has reasonable cause to suspect that the child is suffering, or likely to
suffer, significant harm, s/he should make a referral to the Social Care Duty point for
child protection procedures to be initiated. It is good practice for the lead
professional to be informed of the referral immediately and if possible, to make the
referral. An attempt to contact the lead professional/practitioner, however, should
not, under any circumstances, delay the process of referral.

The lead professional/practitioner should share information on the child and family at
the Strategy Discussion stage (see section 17 ) where consideration must be given to
how the lead professional/practitioner will be involved in any Section 47 Enquiry to be
commenced.


For further information please see:

   •   Common assessment Framework in Middlesbrough:

             www.mgrid.org.uk/go/CAF


   •   Redcar and Cleveland Child Well-being Model and CAF

http://www.redcarclevelandcyptrust.org.uk/ctrust.nsf/WebFullList/BE0637343980D4C
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