Common Assessment Framework (Practitioners)

Producer: Embrace Learning

Duration: 10 hours.
This product is an online product and is a single-user, 1-year licence.
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This online training course in the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) has been developed to equip anyone who works with children, young people and families with the knowledge and skills to work with the CAF. Designed for training frontline practitioners new to the CAF, the training course is derived in part from the learning materials developed by the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) and contains essential information for practitioners and other frontline staff.

This comprehensive e-learning course for practitioners comprises six easy-to-follow units - an introduction and five study units. It covers the reasons behind the need for the Common Assessment Framework and the five key outcomes of the Every Child Matters policy. A separate CAF course is available for managers.

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- Minimum Internet Explorer 6/Netscape Navigator 7
- Flash enabled – Minimum V6
- Popup windows enabled
- Minimum Windows 2000 Operating System
- Authorware may also need to be installed for some courses


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Training course units include:

- Introduction to the CAF
- Applying the CAF
- Completing the CAF Form
- Sharing Information
- Integrated Working


By the end of the course, students will have learned about a wide range of issues, including:

- The basic principles of the CAF's standardised approach
- The six keys aims of the CAF
- Completing the pre-assessment process
- Identifying children with complex needs
- When (and when not) to do a CAF assessment
- The 3-step process as described by the Children's Workforce Development Council
- The Eight Stages as described in the CWDC practitioners’ handbook
- The value of involving other agencies and sharing information
- The need for respect for the child and family
- Why they should encourage the child / family to ask questions
- The manner in which the assessment is conducted
- The importance of identifying specific needs
- Their obligations when recording and managing information from an

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