In September 2013 the LSCB endorsed the findings and recommendations of the multi-agency CAF review and in October 2013 CAF was highlighted as the underpinning tool of the Early Help to support children and their families requiring early help.
Since then a multi-agency steering group have driven the development of new paperwork, an electronic CAF recording system, quality assurance processes and a training programme in answer to the recommendations made in the report, presented to the LSCB.
In the past month we have briefed current CAF lead professionals and key colleagues on the changes that have taken place.
We are now ready to launch the new CAF paperwork, a description of each of the documents and their use is detailed below.
Please ensure you archive any old versions of these documents and save/share the new documents with colleagues.
Pre CAF Assessment Form
This tool will enable you to assess whether a CAF is required for a child(ren)/young person. Download the Pre CAF assessment form here.
CAF Assessment Form
The assessment tool to capture unmet needs and identify risk factors. You will now be able to complete one form for a family including parents rather than having to complete one form per child. You need to ensure that each child's needs are considered and they need to remain the focus of the assessment. The timescales for completing an assessment will continue to be 28 days. This should be a process of gathering information from the range of professionals involved with the family and not just self-reporting information by parents. This will need to be completed electronically and emailed securely to the CAF admin team where ever possible. Paper copies will not be accepted after the 1st December 2014. Download the CAF assessment form here.
To be completed after the assessment and progress reviewed at each TAF. This will need to be completed electronically and emailed securely to the CAF admin team where ever possible. Paper copies will not be accepted after the 1st December 2014. Download the TAF plan here.
TAF Reporting Template
This is to support TAF members to contribute to the TAF review. These should be sent to the lead professional for them to add to the minutes of the TAF reducing the amount of recording needed during the meeting and ensuring that key information is captured. Download the TAF reporting template here.
CAF Consent bridging document
The new CAF paper work will support lead professionals to gain consent once at the beginning of the process. To implement this for open and active CAFs we have detailed a document to support lead professionals to change the consent they currently have to cover the life of the CAF rather than need to gain this at each TAF. Download the CAF consent bridging document here.
CAF Closure and Evaluation Form
This document should be completed at the point of a CAF case closure. An evaluation should be done with the family, this information is key for our development in understanding the views, wishes and feelings of our families, and in turn this will influence the CAF process moving forward. Download the CAF closure and evaluation form.
MASH referral tool
Previously the CAF assessment has been used for making referrals into the children's social care MASH team. Please note this has changed. The MASH team have a new referral tool and the CAF assessment should no longer be used as a referral tool. Download the MASH referral tool here.
CAF key dates
Download the CAF key dates here.