Common assessment framework information for managers
Managing a team of people who work with children, young people and their families
You have a big role to play in early intervention and multi agency working across Cheshire East.
The Common Assessment is a shared assessment which should be used by all teams to initially identify and address the needs of a child or young person and their families (including unborn babies). It is a holistic assessment that is used to meet needs and improve outcomes.
What are the responsibilities of managers in the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) Process?
Read: “The Common Assessment Framework for children and young people: A Guide for managers" (PDF, 3MB)
Once trained in the Common Assessment Framework, team members should expect to discuss CAF as part of their regular supervision and receive support and guidance. Managers should ensure that the correct processes are being followed with appropriate information sent into the Early Help Brokerage Team as well as their own service records being maintained to a high standard. Managers should quality assure the assessments undertaken by their staff and ensure their service are meeting their responsibilities by resourcing the appropriate interventions.
CAF Training is available from the Early Help Brokerage.
Be positive about the benefits of multi-agency integrated working
Ask children, young people and families how they perceive your service. The Common Assessment Framework is there to simplify processes and to bring consistency in our work with children and young people. Undertaking a Common Assessment or becoming a Lead Professional should be an embedded part of team processes and not viewed as an ‘add on’ to the day job. However, the “effective implementation of CAF
requires leadership and management at all levels“ with managers prepared to lead the cultural change required for people to see the benefits and importance of changing ways of working. Please visit the Department of Education website for further details about multi-agency integrated working
The EHB team are happy to advise and support you so do contact them and discuss any issues you may face. It is only by working together that we can improve what we do.
* “The Common Assessment Framework for children and young people: A Guide for managers” Page 47 CWDC 2009.