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Thurrock Common Assessment Framework (CAF)


The majority of children and young people enjoy their lives and develop satisfactorily with the support of universal services (such as the usual health and education services). From time to time however they may require help from a single agency for a specific issue or from a range of agencies if the issues are more complex.

Within Thurrock the Multi Agency Common Assessment Framework is designed to support children and young people by focusing on early help for them and their families through the delivery of services and support to meet identified needs.

The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) is a method of assessment used across all children's services/agencies both locally and nationally. A CAF is used to assess what help and support a child or young person may need.

The CAF will help to ensure early identification of needs, reduce the need for multiple assessments and children and families repeatedly "telling their stories" and coordinate the delivery of services.

If at any stage, you are worried that a child or young person is suffering, or is at risk of suffering, significant harm then you should contact Thurrock Children's Social Care for advice.

Children with Additional Needs

The CAF is a tool to help identify those children with additional needs before these escalate into more serious concerns. This might include situations where there are issues with:

  • Disruptive or anti-social behavior
  • Involvement in, or risk from offending
  • Overt parental conflict or a lack of parental support/boundaries
  • Disengagement from education or training
  • Poor school attendance
  • Repeated fixed term or permanent exclusion from school
  • Special educational needs
  • Disability
  • Poor nutrition or ill health
  • Substance misuse
  • Poor emotional or mental health
  • Housing
  • Pregnancy and parenthood
  • Domestic violence
Who will undertake the CAF?

The CAF will be used by a range or staff working in children's services. It is anticipated that most will be undertaken by those working in universal services; schools, nurseries, various health settings, community and voluntary agencies.

When is a CAF not appropriate?

In the majority of cases children and young people make satisfactory progress with the support of universal services. From time to time they may require help from a single agency for a specific issue. Referral to a single agency does not require a CAF to be completed.

Please Note:  Referrals for Troubled Families Programme will need to be on a CAF.

All referrals to both Social Care and the Prevention and Support Service (PASS), including the Troubled Families Programme will now go through MASH as a single front door.

Once you have completed the CAF form with the information you have available please send the details to thurrockmash@thurrock.gov.uk


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