Common Assessment Framework

​​The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) is an Early Help Assessment framework for Practitioners from Universal Services.

  • For practitioner advice – please contact your hub - hubs are listed below
  • For other issues contact the Performance and Business Intelligence Team - details at the bottom of the page

CAF is used to assess children and their families to establish a family plan at the earliest opportunity.

The purpose of this plan is to help to provide children and young people and their families with the most appropriate services to safeguard and to promote wellbeing. The framework supports the identification of a ‘lead practitioner’ to act as a main point of contact for the family and the development of the family plan.

Practitioners from Universal Services can access support to use the Common Assessment Framework through the four Children First Hubs.

The Early Help Register has replaced the WeCAF system.

Access Early Help Register


Wakefield Children and Young People Partnership  has now adopted the Signs of Safety as a tool kit for working with children.

Risk and resilience

CAF and Risk and Resilience associated models are designed to identify appropriate support for families and young people.

Contact us

Performance and Business Intelligence Team

Room 134, County Hall

01924 306100