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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 Herts Direct website.
The Service Request form is used to access a single service. The services available Children’s Services are:
Service request form and guidance can be downloaded from:
Council for Disabled Children is responsible for ensuring Early Support is extended from birth to adulthood and embedded in local areas across England.
Together, the central and regional teams work with education, health, social care, the voluntary and private sectors across all regions to help them plan together for the strategic development and effective use of Early Support and its resources.
The SEND Gateway, is an online portal offering education professionals free, easy access to high quality information, resources and training for meeting the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
The SEND 0-25 Code of practice makes explicit the need to being preparing children and young people for adulthood from a young age. Full details can be found in section eight of the code.
The YC Hertfordshire LDD Team includes specialist personal advisers dedicated to working with young people with LDD, to help them make a smooth transition into adult life.
The team works closely with schools, colleges and other learning providers. It also supports young people who attend out-of-county schools or colleges and helps those not in education, employment or training. It is also important that the team works with the young person's parents and carers.
You can find information about buying in services from YC Hertfordshire here:
Full information about service available through YC Hertfordshire can be found on their website:
Preparing for Adulthood have a wide range of resources for supporting young people: