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Integrated practice, incorporating the Common Assessment Framework (CAF), focuses on enabling, and encouraging, practitioners to work together and to adopt common processes to deliver frontline services coordinated and built around the needs of the child/young person.
By working together we can make sure that a child’s additional needs are assessed in a more holistic way.
Integrated working includes introducing tools to help us communicate more effectively. These tools include the Common Assessment Framework (CAF), Lead Professional role, and eCAF.
To help CAF practitioners to call together a Team Around the Family (TAF), a contacts directory is available on Compass. The directory is arranged by District and Extended School Consortia areas. Professionals and practitioners who have completed Integrated Practice training are included as well as County-wide specialists.
Guidance for practitioners is available on the Herts Direct web site:
For queries on integrated practice please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Common Assessment Framework
For information on the Common Assessment Framework (CAF), Team Around the Family (TAF) and Lead Professional, including CAF Form and Practitioner Guidance:
National eCAF (NeCAF) is simply an electronic version of the standard paper CAF process already being used across Hertfordshire. NeCAF will enable authorised, trained practitioners from different sectors of the children’s workforce to electronically store and share CAF information quickly and securely, and to work together to build a holistic picture of a child or young person’s needs.
Guidance for Schools
Factsheet for NeCAF Schools
The Meeting the Needs of Children and Families in Hertfordshire sets out clear thresholds for accessing targeted and specialist services. It supports practitioners in making decisions on how best to respond to the needs of children and families.
Download a pdf version of the handbook below:
Meeting the Needs of Children and Families in Hertfordshire
All the Common Assessment Framework forms and supporting tools are available on Herts Direct. Please visit this site regularly to ensure that you have the latest version of the forms and procedures:
CAF forms can also be accessed on schools SIMS system:
Earlier this year, the Improving Outcomes Group of the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board, tasked a working group with updating the existing single service request (SSR) form and ensuring it was fit for purpose.
Partners felt that the current SSR does not meet their needs and is not suitable as a child protection referral form.
As a result, two new forms have now been designed to suit individual referrals for
We are pleased to inform you that these new forms are now approved and ready for use by all organisations and partners from 1st January 2013.
Both new forms replace the current SSR. From this date, the ‘old’ SSR should not be used - please discard any old templates.
The new forms and guidance are available at :
Advice on generating the single service request form from sims.net can be found on the SITSS web pages at:
Anyone whose work brings them into contact with children, young people and families should have an awareness of the Common Assessment Framework and Information Sharing.
Practitioners should either know how to complete a Common Assessment themselves or know how to arrange to have one undertaken. Everyone working with children and families should be aware of sharing information safely and how to use the Common Assessment Framework as an Early Intervention Tool.
For more information please visit HertsDirect at: