Common Assessment Framework (CAF)

The common assessment framework is way of working with families who are struggling and puts their needs at the heart of decisions made about how they get help.

The CAF is used by people working for organisations across Suffolk including schools and children's centres. The aim is for everyone including children, young people and parents/carers to agree the first steps and types of support that will help families work their way out of problems and resolve difficulties. If existing support is not sufficient and families are struggling they can also request additional help by making a CAF referral.

In this section you will find information for parents/carers and professionals about how the common assessment framework works.

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Common Assessment Framework (CAF) information for families

The Common Assessment Framework is a way of working with families that puts your needs at the heart of decisions made about you and your children.

Common Assessment Framework (CAF) information for professionals

Information, guidance and resources to support practitioners working with children, young people and families in the CAF process.

Common Assessment Framework (CAF) referral

Find out how to submit a CAF referral and how to check if an existing CAF is open, using the new portal.

Common Assessment Framework (CAF) training

Training for people in Suffolk who work with children and families on how to complete a CAF assessment following the Signs of Safety practice model.