The initials CAF stands for ‘Common Assessment Framework.’ This may also be called an EHA (Early Help Assessment). A CAF is a document which is completed by a professional who is working with the family to support a child with additional needs including physical, emotional, or learning needs. They may also be completed if a child is a young carer – living with any family member who has a disability, long term illness, serious addiction or mental health issue (see section on ‘What is a Young Carer?) These professionals may include the SENCo, Parent Support Advisor, Health Visitor or Family Support Worker. The professional will meet with you to discuss all areas of your child’s development and you will then decide together on the support your child or your family may benefit from.
Once the document is completed, regular meetings will be organised – every 6 to 8 weeks. These meetings are called TAF meetings (Team Alongside the Family). At these meetings, professionals who are supporting your family, or who may be able to offer some extra support, meet together with you to discuss how things are going and what they can do next to help. You are in control of who attends these meetings, and who has access to the CAF document.
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