Common assessment framework (CAF)

New CAF forms and updated training in Suffolk; launched 13th May 2014

Children and Young People’s Services have reviewed and revised the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) in response to feedback from stakeholders. CAF is a key part of delivering early intervention services that are joined-up and focused around the needs of children and young people in Suffolk .

The revision has built on Children and Young Peoples Services’ adoption of the Signs of Safety and Wellbeing model, an evidence based approach to working with children/young people and families.

Key changes to the assessment include:

  • The revised version enables you to complete assessments for multiple siblings within the one form
  • The assessment has been significantly reduced in length
  • The delivery plans aim to place the child / young person and family at the centre and empower change.

CAF training

We have re-designed the CAF training to support CAF assessors and practitioners with the changes.

The one day training will provide the knowledge, skills and confidence for practitioners to participate fully in the new CAF processes within Suffolk.

It addresses:

  • When and why we complete CAF assessments
  • Information sharing and consent
  • How to complete an informative, analytical CAF assessment
  • Guidance on formulating clear outcomes for children and young people.

The training is free to all those working with children, young people and families in Suffolk. For more information and to book onto a course please visit CPD online and search CAF.

Information about the CAF1

If you are looking to apply for a school place, you will need to normal year of entry application form (CAF1). Visit our page on Applying for a school place in 2015/2016 for more details. 

Information for families in Suffolk

To find out about local services and support for children, young people and families across the county, telephone the Suffolk Families Information Service on 0345 60 800 33 (read about the change from 0845 to 0345 numbers).

If you are worried that a child or young person is at risk of abuse, harm or neglect, please call Customer First on 0808 800 4005 (free from landlines and most mobiles) and explain that you have a child protection concern.

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Common assessment forms

CAF forms and training in Suffolk

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Information for families

CAF is a way of everyone working together with families, which puts your needs at the heart of decisions made about you and your children

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Information for professionals

Information, good practice guidance and resources to support practitioners working with children, young people and families as part of the CAF process

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