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The Common Assessment Framework process
Every child and young person in Medway is entitled to be
healthy; be safe; enjoy and achieve; make a positive contribution
and enjoy economic well-being.
The aim of the CAF process is to help identify, at the earliest
opportunity, a child or young person's additional needs which are
not being met by the universal services they are receiving and
provide timely and co-ordinated support to meet those needs
- is a process for carrying out a common assessment, to help
everyone working with the child or young person understand their
strengths and needs, based on discussions with the child or young
person and their family as appropriate
- uses a standard form to help record, and where appropriate,
share with others, the information given during the assessment
- can only be undertaken with consent from the child, young
person and/or their parents or carers
Do not use CAF if you have safeguarding or child protection
concerns about a child or young person; follow the Medway Safeguarding Children
Further information is available at the
Medway Children's Trust website.
The CAF form and other key resources
If you are considering using the CAF process to support a
child/young person please call the CAF Team on 01634 334325 to
check if there is already a CAF recorded for that child/young, in
order to avoid duplication.
CAF forms and other key resources are available to
download. When completed please send the CAF form to the
CAF Team by post or 7 Zip, or send by secure email to
- Information leaflets are available for children, young people,
parents and carers.
- Multi-agency training is available for anyone who works (either
paid or voluntary) with children or young people in Medway.
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