Research and analysis

Exploration of the costs and impact of the common assessment framework

This research builds on a number of previous studies carried out as part of the ongoing costs and outcomes programme for children in need.

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The common assessment framework (CAF) is a standardised approach for the assessment of children and their families, to facilitate the early identification of additional needs and to promote a coordinated service response.

CAF is underpinned by an integrated approach to support and has been designed for use by all professionals working with children and families with additional needs, but who do not meet the threshold for more intensive interventions such as those associated with children’s social care or safeguarding. Existing research suggests that CAF can lead to positive outcomes for children and families and help to enhance integrated working across the children’s workforce.

This report outlines the findings from an exploratory study to examine the costs and impact of the CAF. The research builds on a number of previous studies carried out by the Centre for Child and Family Research (CCFR) at Loughborough University as part of the ongoing costs and outcomes programme, most notably, the work to cost services and social care support provided to all children in need (CiN).

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