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What helps or hinders practitioners, children and young people, and their families in implementing the Common Assessment Framework and Lead Professional working?

Crossland, Ruth, Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC)
Worcester Council, corp creators. (2009) What helps or hinders practitioners, children and young people, and their families in implementing the Common Assessment Framework and Lead Professional working?

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Abstract

The Every Child Matters (DfES 2003) policy agenda has brought multi-agency working to the fore of children’s services in the UK. The implementation of the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) is a central part of the measures developed to improve outcomes for children and young people. The CAF is a standardized, shared assessment tool which is used across agencies to help practitioners develop a shared understanding of a child or young person’s needs. It has been designed to support practitioners in assessing needs at an earlier stage and to work with families, alongside other practitioners and agencies, to meet those needs, thus supporting integrated working practices. This study investigated the views of professionals and families who had been involved in a CAF. Five families were interviewed, as well as the Lead Professional and one or two other professionals who had been involved. These interviews explored experiences of the process and feelings about its future use. Perceived strengths included training and the support available for both families and professionals during the CAF process. Concerns were expressed from professionals regarding increased workload and difficulties completing the assessment. There was a lack of clarity regarding whether or not the CAF improved outcomes in itself, however professionals and families were positive about its benefits. Key findings for future practice included the need for the impact of CAF to be monitored from the perspectives of professionals, families and young people. There also needs to be an allowance made for the extra time and resources required by this new way of working if a wider range of professional groups are to be encouraged to become involved.

Item Type: Document from Web
Variant Title: What helps or hinders practitioners, children and young people, and their families in implementing the Common Assessment Framework and Lead Professional working? Sharing our experience, Practitioner-led research 2008-2009 PLR0809/008
Publisher: Children’s Workforce Development Council
Additional Information: http://www.cwdcouncil.org.uk/assets/0000/7404/PLR0809008.pdf
Depositing User: Editor (1)
Date Deposited: 11 May 2011 10:54
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2012 18:22
URI: http://dera.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/2799
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