Common Assessment Framework (CAF)

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The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) is an assessment and planning tool, common across agencies, to ensure children and their families are supported effectively. CAF can be used for:

  • concerns about how well a child is progressing (e.g. health, welfare, behaviour, progress in learning)
  • needs are unclear or broader than one service can address

The electronic eCAF system enables professionals to:

  • search for a child and find out the contact details of the lead professional or any other professionals currently working with this child, including allocated social worker;
  • find out if a CAF has already been started by another practitioner;
  • share relevant assessment information securely with a relevant team or other professional and to request their involvement;
  • share and contribute to a joint action plan to enable better co-ordinated working.

GP practices can have a practice account set up.

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