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CAF (Common Assessment Framework)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​What is the CAF?

The CAF (Common Assessment Framework) is a way of offering early help to children and young people. Health services, schools and children’s services all work together to support you and your child and prevent problems at an early stage.

  • The CAF is voluntary; you and your child can choose to be involved.
  • We’ll carry out an assessment to find out your needs and decide on what help is needed.
  • CAF is a shared assessment so you won’t need to repeat yourself to different workers.
  • You will agree the next steps and actions with the worker who completed the CAF.
  • One person, called a lead professional, will keep you informed and co-ordinate the support you will receive.

How we record your information

Your assessment will be recorded on paper but we're moving to an electronic system called EHM Module (eCAF). Eventually, all information will be recorded on eCAF as it is an improved and more secure way of sharing your information. It will remove the need to post, email or fax sensitive information.

eCAF will hold details of:

  • CAF meetings.
  • Team Around the Child meeting records and action plans.

You are in control of what information is shared and you have to consent to your information being shared. For more details see our privacy notice.

Only trained members of staff will have access to eCAF using secure log-in accounts.

If you need more information contact the Common Assessment Framework Team.

Early help and assessment​​ and eCAF for professionals

​​​​​Briefing sessions

This briefing is aimed at members of the children’s workforce who work directly with children, young people and their families or those who work indirectly with children and young people (e.g. adult services who work with parents/carers), to provide practitioners from different agencies and professional backgrounds an over view of the Common Assessment Framework (CAF), the role of Lead Professional, Team Around the Child Meetings and Early Help Services.

The briefing aims to help you understand:

  • Early Help and the CAF process.
  • The CAF as part of Early Help integrated working.
  • The key aims and the principals of the CAF.
  • When and how to undertake a CAF.
  • The role and function of the lead professional.
  • How a lead professional is identified and how they will be supported.
  • When/how a Team Around the Child Meeting takes place.

There are no requirements for practitioners to attend a briefing prior to completing a CAF or undertaking the role of Lead Professional although it is recommended.

Course dates

​The sessions​​ will be held at​ Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale OL16 1XU.


How to book your place

You'll be contacted 1 week before the briefing date to confirm your place. If you have any questions call 01706 922 414.​


01706 925127

Common Assessment Framework Team
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU