Common Assessment Framework (CAF)

The Common Assessment Framework for children and young people (CAF) is a shared assessment tool used across agencies in England, some authorities have now developed this tool and it is also known as other names such as Early Help Assessment.

You can find out more by following this link to the Warwickshire Local Offer on Early Help What to do first

The first step is an Early Help Assessment 

The assessment helps identify where a family needs help; it is not needed when there is a simple solution to the problem. Early Help is voluntary; the family must consent to any support given. The assessment is completed by a trained professional, who is known to the  family, this can be a Teacher, Health Visitor, SENCO, School Nurse or GP.

For more information on this stage visit this page on the local offer Early Help Assessments

Family Support Meeting

The first meeting should be held within 15 working days of the assessment. The family and professionals involved must agree on an action plan, including up to 4 desired outcomes. The meeting will be chaired by the person who arranged it. The parents and children contribute to the action plan

They must:

  • Complete the Family Support Meeting record;
  • Choose a lead professional to coordinate the action plan and chair any further review meetings;
  • Agree a date for the first review meeting (6-12 weeks later);
  • Provide copies of the record to all attendees. 

The lead professional will be point of contact for the family and monitor the action plan. This might be the person who wrote the plan, or another professional at the meeting.

You can find further information here on the Local Offer Website Family Support Meetings 

Ending the process 

The early help process will end if:

  • The needs identified in the assessment have been met;
  • all remaining actions can be completed by a single agency;
  • a safeguarding concern has been identified and social care have taken the lead on support;
  • or the family no longer wishes to continue

You can find further information here about how the early help process finishes: Ending process.