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CAF, Lead Professional & Service
Directories- Joining Up

                        Sandra Woodward
                    Policy Officer, Bridges
       Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
Proposal
 •Agreement of CAF as common referral and assessment
 form across the region

 •Agreement that SLA's/funding agreements under new
 Children's Services arrangements reflect usage of CAF
 across the region

 •Explore possibilities to link service directories and share
 national/ web based directory info where possible.

 •Delegates cascade this proposal to appropriate decision
 makers/depts - powerpoint and notes available!
The partnership so far...
 Lincolnshire
 Carolyn Knight - Integrated Assessment Manager
 Rob Gregory - Acting Service Manager
 Leicestershire
 Susannah Jordan - Children’s Services Programme Manager
 Leicester
 Susan Harrison - Service Manager Children’s Federation
 Rutland
 Clive Hadfield - Children’s Services Authority (CAF lead)
 Bridges - Information Sharing & Assessment (ISA)
 Across LLR district -
 how does it work?
 5 trials (primary transition, 2 x extended schools, SureStart, JYIP)
 Bridges responsible for training, co-ordination, monitoring of CAFs
 Working towards CAF replacing district interagency referral form to
  SSD
 All using same CAF and guidance
 CAF/LP works around multi-agency meetings
 Undecided how this model is supported post trial - Mar 06
What needs to happen before CAF
is implemented? - Key lessons from trial

• ‘Common core’ for workforce - IT skills, data protection/info
  sharing training
• Offer themed workshops e.g. ‘difficult conversations’, multi-
  agency working
• Existing within agency and multi-agency information sharing
  arrangements improved e.g. school 2 school arrangements
• Cross-agency performance indicators
• Knowledge of agency service remits – access to service directory
3 Key elements
1.   Opportunity
     Attending meetings, part of own system, written into job
     descriptions, protected time, agreed by unions

2.   Mechanism
     CAF Form eCAF, toolkit – inc. consent forms etc.

3.   Management permission
     Part of extended school, Children’s centre, Children
     trust/authority planning, LAA’s
     Cost/ benefit analysis for individual partners
     Some partnership training arrangements with agencies
     Accepting CAF as a referral form to agency
Challenges in LLR

  Not co-terminus (e.g. Connexions L&R)
  L,L&R working at differing speeds and from
  different cultural positions
  Budgets! Making sure equitable
  contribution from each LA - formula based
  on no. of children
  What is the product and who owns it?
Questions to groups
1.   What is the added benefit in actually adopting
     this approach?

2.   What is needed to adopt this approach?

3.   What would be the key processes for obtaining
     agreement across region? How could this be
     transferred to other districts within East
     Midlands?

4.   What are some of the big policy issues that
     might need to be addressed?
Responses
1.    What is the added benefit in actually adopting
      this approach?


•Teases out complexities of working across borders
•Exposes existing duplication, malpractice and offers
suggestions to improve
•Follows child across district
•Reduction in planning time as agreed across district
•Stage of progress means chance to ‘do it together!’
•Shared expertise
Responses
2.    What is needed to adopt this approach?
•Common standards in training
•CAF training as part of common core training set
•When is a live CAF ‘live’? Expiry date needed to prompt
reassessment
•Cross border information sharing protocol
•Kitemark to visually show CAF agreed across region
•Senior level agreement
•Decide on regional specialisms to take implementation
forward
•Development of Regional Meetings and Training/Learning
Event
Responses
3.     What would be the key processes for obtaining
       agreement across region?
All ISA partnership boards and the overarching Children and
Young People’s Partnership boards will need to
•agree the principles,
•sign the info sharing protocol and
•cascade to staff teams
Responses
4.    What are some of the big policy issues that
      might need to be addressed?

•Regional CAF training to become a qualification which
can work towards the Common Core Skills
•Role of unions (NUT/NASUWT etc) and the conflict
with the completing CAF/lead professional and teachers
‘revised’ role
•CAF as part of the new inspection criteria
•Links with other specialist assessments
•CAF and ICS – are they compatible

				
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