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Common Assessment Framework (CAF)
In Hertfordshire, the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) is a process undertaken by practitioners who work with children, young people, parents and carers. It is used to identify needs, and to organise the right support and services to address those needs at an early stage. The CAF process allows different agencies and services to share information and work together in a co-ordinated way. CAFs are voluntary, and require consent from parents or carers before they can begin.
Further information for parents, carers, children and young people can be found in the CAF leaflets in the Forms, Documents and Guidance section on the Hertfordshire.gov.uk website.
eCAF is the online system where information from assessments is stored securely. If you are a practitioner and wish to access eCAF, please register by filling in the new user form, which can be found in the Forms, Documents and Guidance section on the Hertfordshire.gov.uk website. A guide on how to use eCAF can also be found in the same section.
CAF forms can also be accessed on schools SIMS system:
Starting a CAF
If you are not already registered on the eCAF system, please start by filling in a new user form. Once you receive confirmation that you have been registered, fill in an enquiry form for the family that you wish to assess. Both of these forms can be found in the Forms, Documents and Guidance section below. Once completed, forms should be sent to email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the complete CAF process, please see refer to the process flowchart and "How to use eCAF" guide in the Forms, Documents and Guidance section on the Hertfordshire.gov.uk website at.
Once the form has been completed with the parents/carers, (with the young person if appropriate) it is essential that all the practitioners currently working with the child are contacted and the findings discussed with them. Many professionals find this easier to do with a face to face meeting (team around the family - TAF). The parents/carers and the child should also ideally be present at this meeting.
A variety of CAF training is available, including a full day training course, half day refresher course, eCAF system training, and training on the role of the Lead Professional and the Team Around the Family. Please visit the CAF training page for full course details, training dates, and booking options.
If you have safeguarding concerns about a child or young person, please contact Customer Services on 0300 123 4043.