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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.

CAFs can and should be started by any practitioner who has identified additional needs amongst any of the children, young people or families that they work with. The Hertfordshire CAF process uses a "whole family" approach, which allows everyone's needs to be taken into account, in order to make a lasting difference. However, CAFs in Hertfordshire can also be used to assess individuals and their needs.

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.



Service Request Form and Guidance

The Service Request form is used to access a single service. The services available Children’s Services are:

  • Integrated Services for Learning (see page 3 for definitive list)
  • Targeted Advice Service
  • Targeted Youth Support Services
  • Thriving Families
  • Young Carers

Service request form and guidance can be downloaded from:


Early Support

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.