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The principle purpose of the CAF is to enable staff to identify

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The principle purpose of the CAF is to enable staff to identify

COMMON

    ASSESSMENT

    FRAMEWORK

    Bedfordshire Children & Young People’s Strategic Partnership

INITIAL ROLL OUT OF COMMON

    ASSESSMENT AND LEAD

    PROFESSIONAL WORKING

PROCEDURES

Version 8 November 2006

    CONTENTS

1. Introduction Page 1

    2. Purpose of Common Assessment Framework Page 2

    3. Common Assessment Framework Procedures Page 3

    4. Outcomes from the Common Assessment Page 4

5. Appendix 1 Lead Professional Page 7

    6. Appendix 2 Links with other assessment processes Page 10

7. Appendix 3 Process flowchart Page 11

8. Appendix 4 Contact details Page 12

    INTRODUCTION

    This document set out the proposed arrangements for the use of the Common Assessment Framework in the initial Bedfordshire roll out. It covers the following:

    ; use of the pre-assessment checklist

    ; use of the common assessment framework form

    ; appointment of a lead professional

    The Common Assessment Framework is being introduced for two reasons:

    ; to enable staff to identify the needs of children and young people ; to co-ordinate early interventions at a local level to meet needs and

    improve outcomes for individual children

    The objective of phase one of the roll out is to test if the procedures proposed for the implementation of CAF achieve these objectives.

    In Bedfordshire the implementation of the Common Assessment Framework is beginning in all services working with children in Learning Communities 2 and 6 (Leighton Buzzard and Bedford) in September 2006. It will then extend to Learning Communities 4 and 5 (Kempston/Wooton and Biggleswade/Sandy) in February 2007.

The implementation is being planned by the CAF Sub-grp a multi-

    agency group which is part of the Children and Young People’s

    Strategic Partnership (CYPSP). The implementation plan has been agreed by the CYPSP and is part of the Children and Young People’s Plan 2006 2009.

    Copies of this process and the Common Assessment Form are available on www.bedfordshirelscb.org.uk

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THE PURPOSE OF THE COMMON ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK

    The Common Assessment Framework enables a group of professionals and the family to:

    ; pool their knowledge of the child and family

    ; identify areas of need and strength in the family

    ; agree a shared view of the outcomes that everyone is going to work

    to for the child

    ; identify the services needed and to achieve a shared understanding

    of the services that are being provided and the roles of the child, the

    family and all of the agencies involved

    ; appoint a lead professional who will co-ordinate the work ; agree and co-ordinate any referrals for specialist additional input that

    is required.

    POSSIBLE SIGNIFICANT HARM

The Common Assessment Framework arrangements do not apply to a

    child who may be suffering significant harm. Any child in these circumstances should be referred to children’s services for assessment

    under the established child protection procedures.

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     COMMON ASSESSMENT

    FRAMEWORK PROCEDURES

1 INITIAL STEPS TO BE TAKEN IN RELATION TO A

    CHILD OR YOUNG PERSON WHO MAY BE

    VULNERABLE

    A family member or any professional or staff member working with a child or young person may identify concerns.

    Attempt to identify the additional needs and understand the reasons for the concerns through the steps you would normally take:

    ; discussion with colleagues

    ; trying to work with the child in a different way or arranging additional input

    within your own team, agency or educational setting

    ; further discussion with the child / young person,

    ; further contact with the family such as a home visit

    ; a referral for a simple, specific identified service or resource which does

    not require any further assessment

    1Use the pre-assessment checklist to identify the outcome areas which are

    not satisfactory and measure the progress that is being made. Try to record as much information as you can on this format. Alternatively individual agencies/educational settings may have their own formats. Discuss the outcome with a supervisor / manager / or the person identified in the establishment with responsibility for the implementation of Every Child Matters.

    Monitor the success of this approach and its effect on the child. The Common Assessment Framework approach should be used if:

     1 A list of lead staff in phase one of the CAF roll out is available from the CAF administrator. Copies of the pre-assessment checklist and the CAF form are available from these key professionals in your area. Copies may also be downloaded from www.bedfordshirelscb.org.uk

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    ; despite the additional input provided, there are continuing concerns about

    the progress the child is making in relation to any of the five Every Child

    Matters outcomes or

    ; The reasons for the child’s vulnerability / possible vulnerability have not

    been fully identified.

2 INITIATING THE CAF PROCESS

From this point, all further work will be based on the common

    assessment process. Depending on the type of need and the complexity of the case, this could result in one of three outcomes:

    1. a referral to an individual agency for a more complex assessment or

    service using the CAF

    2. a local meeting of the professionals involved to co-ordinate their

    work

    3. a referral to the Multi Agency Allocation Group (MAAG)

    You need to gather enough information to decide which the best way to proceed is. The first steps are the same, though the order may vary according to the exact circumstances:

    ; Identify one person / member of staff to discuss the proposal to complete a

    CAF with the family. Until the CAF is completed this person will be

    considered as the lead professional.

    ; Contact the CAF co-ordinator / CAF administrator to see if there is already

    a completed CAF form - in the early stages of the CAF roll out this is

    2unlikely but as the roll out gathers pace, it will be an essential step. The

    CAF administrator can be contacted at CAFadmin@bedscc.gov.uk or

    01234 276750.

    ; Discuss the CAF with the family in order to explain what the process will

    involve, why you think it will help and what you hope it will achieve.

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