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1 EARLY HELP FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN The CAF and Beyond Tuesday 2 nd July 2013

2 Localised changes to the CAF Form Delivered by: Gill Downton, CAF Manager

3 It is a 4 step PROCESS which is supported by a standard form The process includes: -  A consent based holistic assessment focussing on needs and strengths  Team Around the Child (TAC) meetings & an identified a Lead Professional  The delivery of a multi-agency action plan instead of several uncoordinated single agency plans  A review process The CAF is NOT simply a FORM to fill in!

4 Benefits > Early intervention > Improved joint working > Much clearer information about family situations – a structure under which to gather that information > Parent/carer engagement & empowerment > Parent/carer and/or Young Person given a voice > A multiagency plan instead of several service specific plans – reducing overlap & providing common goals and shared responsibility > Engagement of agencies > Preserved history – a picture built up over time > Myth blowing assumptions about who is involved and doing what

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6 New CAF Form Explained  Reduced from 9 pages to 6  Covers the same three areas as the original form i.e. Development of the child; Parent and carers; Family and environment but with less boxes to fill in!  You can add more than one child to the form so that it can be used as a family CAF  The Form is a PDF - the boxes do not expand instead the text shrinks  The Form can be downloaded from the Bromley Safeguarding Board Website with immediate effect

7 New CAF Form

8 New CAF Form cont.

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10 If including more than one child/YP add a sentence or two under each heading per child/YP

11 What Makes a Good Assessment - QUALITY OF INFORMATION …  Clear explanation as to what has triggered the CAF (reason for assessment)  Evidence – informed by fact and by attributing information e.g. who said what or observed what  Qualify frequency/ duration, not ‘often’ or ‘sometimes’  Set the scene well – comment on all 3 domains. Note something in every box – do not put N/A or no comments as this has no meaning  Enough detail but not too much; avoid jargon/ acronyms

12 What Makes a Good Assessment? - ACTION PLANNING  Set a clear plan of action: with dates & who is responsible for delivery  Ensure any actions are achievable and solution focussed  Set a review date and review on a minimum of a 3 monthly basis Review, Review, Review!!

13 CAF Review and TAC minute template

14 Leaflet for parent/carers ( can be printed on A4 or A5)

15 New Leaflet for practitioners – A Brief Guide to the CAF in Bromley

16 The CAF Team in Bromley Gill Downton – CAF Manager Andrea Bennett – Education Welfare Officer (3 days) Richard Madden – CAF Social Worker Anisha Patel – CAF Social Worker Kayleigh Shaw – Administrator Contact Details: Bromley Central Library, 3 rd Floor, High Street, Bromley. BR1 1EX Tel: Fax:

17 Role of the CAF Team The CAF Team (currently 4.6 FTE inc Manager and Administrator) is responsible for: -  providing appropriate training, support, advice and information to practitioners using the framework;  offering a chairing facility for complex ‘Team Around the Child’ meetings;  the management of Information Systems relating to CAF including a central depository for all CAFs;  monitoring and auditing CAF implementation & progress within Bromley. Contact Details: Bromley Central Library, 3 rd Floor, High Street, Bromley. BR1 1EX Tel: Fax:

18 Free Training Opportunities  Half day CAF training  Chairing Effective TAC Meetings  Refresher Training (All administered by the Safeguarding Board)  On request briefings and personalised training within individual settings

19 Reminders  Contact the CAF Team at any stage for advice or guidance  Log that you are completing a CAF with the CAF Team and send a copy to the Team once completed  Update the CAF Team with changes i.e. to LP  Bromley Safeguarding Children Board (info re CAF Training, electronic version of the CAF Form and the Review and TAC min template)


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