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Team Around the Family QA and Tools

This page contains ten documents to support practitioners and their managers with the role of the lead professional and Team Around the Family.

The Family CAF is an assessment that supports professionals identify help needed for children and families.  It is very important that the right help is identified at the earliest opportunity.  The right service at the right time.

Professionals who have concerns about children that cannot be addressed by their organisation should complete a request for service form and send to the Integrated Front Door.

Please click on the link below:

However, when concerns are at level 3 on the continuum of need, professionals can complete a CAF with the family and notify the Early Help and CAF team or complete a request for service form if they are not able to do this.  Advice can always be sought at all stages of the process by contacting the Early Help Social Workers:

Glynn Morgan 0151 666 3923

Michelle Sandham 0151 666 3593

Donna Hoijord-Beard 0151 666 4850

Amy Sellers 0151 666 5046

Trish O’Hagan 0151 666 3922

Prior to completing a CAF you should have attended the Team Around the Family Training.  Please follow this link to the training page.

Any person working with a family in Wirral can refer into the Integrated Front Door if they feel that the children and family require services from multiple organisations, also known as multi agency. The common assessment form is simply a way of recording the discussion that a practitioner has with a child/parent.

It does not have to be highly formal or presented as a ‘big event’.

Key points to remember about the discussion:

  • Practitioners should complete the common assessment together with the child/parent to find solutions as early as possible.
  • The discussion must be child(ren) centred.
  • The assessment should be factual and professional opinion must be stated as such.
  • ALL family members should be included within the assessment.  This includes all children and all adults residing within the household.

Practitioners should consider the child and family’s strengths as well as needs and these should be recorded. Focus should be around the impact on the child/family, what needs to improve to ensure the child(ren) meet their outcomes. It aims to provide a simple process for a full assessment of children and families’ needs and strengths; taking account of the roles of parents, carers and environmental factors on their development. Practitioners are then better placed to agree with children and families about appropriate modes of support.  You can also ask for advice and guidance from the CAF Champions and find agencies in the Early Help Directory of Services.

Please follow this link.

What is Early Help?

This is a copy of a blank CAF for professionals to use with families.  Please click on the form to open it.

Here is an example CAF to support you. Please click on the form to open it.

If the child/parent doesn’t want to participate, the practitioner cannot proceed. However, if this increases the practitioner’s worries they need to discuss with their manager and the Early Help and CAF team social worker.

This page contains all the tools you might use if you are going to act as a lead professional or manage someone who is.  This page also includes quality assurance tools designed for self assessment and management oversight.  It is an expectation that these are used by both CAF authors and their manager.

The Guide to Integrated Working is the threshold document.  It details the four levels of need against which the needs of an individual child or young person can be assessed and it  informs as to whether their needs can be met by universal services, or whether one or more other agencies might need to work together to make sure the child’s needs are met.

The Guide to Integrated  Working sets out the principles for multi-agency working at Level 3 on the continuum of need, often known as CAF and TAF. Please click on the guide to open it.


After you have completed the TAF training and you have completed the CAF, the lead professional welcome pack contains tools to help you. Please click on the pack to open it.


Although the pack contains the TAF minutes template a separate one is below for ease.

Please click on the minutes form to open it.


As part of the role it is important that you can evidence that the support from partners is working and making positive changes for the family from the family’s perspective.  Therefore it is a requirement that you complete the Distance Travelled Tool throughout the intervention.  It is good practice to complete the tool alone with the family prior to each TAF meeting.  When the TAF episode is closed please send your first and final figure to [email protected].  The tool consists of twenty questions based on the CAF.  There are also flashcards for you to give to the family in order to support the process. Please click on the distance travelled form to open it.


The flashcards can then be used to support the family score themselves whilst the lead professional completes the Distance Travelled Tool.  Please click on the flashcard below to open them.


For TAF to be successful actions should be identified and carried out in order for the TAF to close.  After you have closed the TAF a great way to gain the thoughts, wishes and feelings of the children is by using the tool below. Please click on the form to open it.


Throughout the intervention and when the case has closed there are quality assurance tools that both the lead professional and their manager can complete.

Please click on the Framework and Toolkit to open them.