Family CAF Resource Page


Update to Family CAF - August 2014

Children's Services are making changes to how we organise and coordinate support to children and families. A new Early Help Service has been created which replaces Family CAF. Please be aware the documents and links on this page which refer to CAF are no longer applicable. Updated guidance and support materials will soon be moved to the Early Help page.

If you need support for children, young people and families please contact the Early Help Support Team on (01273) 292632 or email


Early Help

From the 1st September 2014 the CAF paperwork is no longer to be used. Please use the Early Help paperwork instead.

The CAF assessment, plan and review have been replaced by a combined Early Help Assessment Plan & Review form (MS Word 105kb)

For further details including how the changes effect CAF, you can view or download the Early Help Hub letter for professionals (PDF 289kb)

Here is a link to the Early Help Assessment Practice Standards (PDF 114kb)

As part of the new developments a revised Threshold document (PDF 680kb) has been produced.


Family CAF paperwork and guidance

Please note the Family CAF paperwork is no longer to be used. Please use the Early Help forms above.

Here are Family CAF forms for the assessment [word 141kb], plan [word 66kb] and review [word 78kb]. We have also developed a CAF Assessment Priorities Wheel [word 25kb] and Conversation Cue Cards [word 35kb] for use when completing an assessment.

The Family CAF process is explained in the Frequently asked questions [word 43kb]

There is a Prompt Question Sheet [word 54kb] which workers can use to support parent/carers in answering questions on the assessment form.

Information on how to talk to families about Family CAF [word 43kb] and getting children’s views [word 29kb] are also available.


Quality and performance

Practice standards have been developed to guide workers of best practice when undertaking assessments, plans and reviews. These are set out in the audit templates which managers can use to help monitor and audit assessments [word 29kb], plans [word 28kb] and reviews [word 28kb] of their staff as appropriate.


Examples and case studies

Here is a good example [word 291kb] of a Family CAF.


Team Around the Family (TAF)

To support workers in holding TAFs we have produced the following:

TAF statement of purpose [word 29kb]

TAF agenda [word 28kb]

Questions to consider at a review [word 27kb]

Flow chart for setting up a TAF [word 28kb]

TAF meeting recording template (1) [word 31kb]

TAF meeting recording template (2) [word 26kb]

Guidance on the role of the Lead Professional [word 28kb]


Letter templates

The following letter templates have been produced to save workers time:

Pre-school transfer request for information [word 24kb]

Generic request for information [word 25kb]

Invite to a TAF from family [word 26kb]

Letter to a GP [word 26kb]


Family CAF leaflets

Family CAF leaflets for young people [PDF 870kb] and parent/carers [PDF 767kb] are available for workers to share with families they are working with.


Support for schools during the holidays

During the school holidays, school staff can request support during the school holiday period by completing a request for support form [word 29kb]


Information on other services

Service contact list for pre-referral consultation [word 32kb] with ACAS, CAMHS, housing, the parenting team and Seaside View.

Use the Children Centre team finder [word 84kb] to find the local children's centre of a family you're working with.

CAMHS [PDF 177kb] guidance for referrers to Brighton & Hove Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

Information on CAF and referrals to Seaside View [word 27kb]

CAF transfer process [word 24kb] from health visiting to schools

Youth referral process [word 703kb]

Youth Employability Service (YES) briefing for partners [word 586kb]


Housing Options - what we can and can’t do [word 54kb]

Housing guide for who to contact with housing issues [word 53kb]

16 & 17 year olds Housing Options and CAF flowchart [word 368kb]

18plus Housing Options and CAF flowchart [word 368kb]

18plus Advice & Assessment Team CAF flowchart [word 365kb]


Further information

For further information or queries please contact the Family CAF support office on (01273) 292632 or email