Family Common Assessment Framework (CAF)

The Family CAF is a system to ensure that families get the help they need for professionals working in the city.

For some years the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) has been used to coordinate services a child or young person needs. Now the CAF has been expanded to cover the whole family.

The new Family CAF process will make sure that professionals in children and families services and adult services work together to co-ordinate support for a family. They will form a “team around the family” (TAF) with a “lead professional” to make sure the services are liaising with each other.

The Team around the Family will develop a Family Action Plan to meet families needs. New simplified Family CAF paperwork has been developed to replace CAF and CAF+

Social care staff in the statutory and voluntary sectors know that most vulnerable children in the city are affected by a combination of recurring problems in their families – domestic violence, substance misuse, adult mental health issues, learning difficulties and neglect.

The Family CAF process will help professionals to plan an integrated approach to working with families who have these problems. Social care will expect a Family CAF and Team around the Family plan to be in place for a referral to child social work unless there are child protection concerns.


The Family CAF page on the main council website has been updated with the current Family CAF paperwork and other information