A Family CAF form is now in use in Bradford District, replacing the CAF form originally devised by the Children’s Workforce Development Council.
The Department for Education no longer requires local authorities to use a nationally agreed template and many have developed their local version of the CAF form, extending its scope to include all relevant family members in need of a service.
‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ (2013) requires all professionals, including those in universal services and those providing services to adults with children, to understand their role in identifying emerging problems and to share information with
other professionals to support early identification and assessment.
Main Points of Family CAF
- The Family CAF allows for the assessment of multiple siblings as well as the needs of any relevant adults, therefore there is no longer a need to complete separate CAF assessment forms for a sibling group.
- Separate action plan and review plan templates have been devised for adults and children/young people. These can be used flexibly in the case of a sibling group, i.e. actions relating to all the siblings can be recorded on one action plan if appropriate
or one action plan per child/young person can be created.
- The Family CAF assessment form invites parents and family members to contribute to and participate in the assessment. The form also makes clear that any areas of disagreement between the parent and professional should be recorded.
- Professionals need to send the action plan(s) together with the Family CAF assessment form to the CAF Helpdesk so that the CAF can be registered as confirmed. Please note their change of number and address:
CAF Helpdesk, Strategic Support, 5th Floor, Britannia House, Hall Ings, BD1 1HX. Tel: 01274 437333
- Parental Support & Engagement Coordinators can provide assistance to professionals in completing a Family CAF and also with forming a team around the family. To access this support or for any other questions regarding the new Family CAF guidance contact
the Families Information Service on 01274 437503