Explain what CAF is
CAF is a shared assessment tool for use across all children’s services and all local areas in England. It aims to help early identification of need and promote co-ordinated service provision. The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) is a key component in the Every Child Matters: Change for Children programme. It is an important part of a strategy for helping children and young people to achieve the five priority outcomes of the Every Child Matters agenda. The five outcomes are: Being Healthy
Enjoying and achieving
Making a positive contribution
Achieving Economic well-being
State the age range CAF is used for?
CAF is routinely used in respect of unborn children (from 24 weeks of gestation) up to and including young people of 18 years of age. If a child or young person has been looked after, that age limit is up to and including young people of 20 years of age. If the young person has a learning difficulty or disability, the age limit is up to and including Young people 24 years of age.
Explain why a CAF may be put in place
Children, young people and families experience a range of needs at different times in their lives some of them also have additional needs which may relate to their development, education, health, social welfare or other areas. These needs will in many cases be cross-cutting and might be associated with: •disruptive or anti-social behaviour
•overt parental conflict or lack of parental support/boundaries •involvement in, or risk of, offending
•Poor attendance or exclusion from school
•Special educational needs
•Disengagement from education, training or employment post-16 •Poor nutrition or inadequate clothing
•Anxiety or depression
•Experiencing domestic violence
•Teenage pregnancy and parenthood...