Common assessment framework (CAF)

An overview of the common assessment framework process for families, with access to CAF forms and guidance for professionals

The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) is a key part of delivering services that are joined-up and focused around the needs of children and young people.

The CAF promotes more effective, earlier identification of additional needs, and aims to provide a simple process for a broad assessment of children's needs and strengths; taking account of the roles of parents/carers and environmental factors on their development. Practitioners are then better placed to agree with children and families about appropriate ways to offer support.

To find out about local services and support for children, young people and families across the county, telephone the Suffolk Families Information Service on 0845 60 800 33.

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

Access all the forms currently available and used in Suffolk as part of the Common Assessment Framework process

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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

  1. CAF training
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