CAF (Common Assessment Framework)

 CAF Guidance

The CAF is a straight forward way to support a child or young person, raise issues and ensure they receive appropriate services. If you are involved in CAFs, are unsure about how it affects your organisation and want to learn more, we can:

  • Answer your questions in confidence
  • Guide you through the process
  • Support you with informing and involving parents, taking the role of "Lead Professional" or being part of the "Team Around the Child"
  • Signpost you to appropriate organisations
  • Support you initiate and complete your first CAF

For more information and to receive our quarterly CAF and Safeguarding newsletter contact
Zoe Kattah - Parenting Consortium Coordinator 020 8364 8400 ext. 216 |

 How to Start a CAF

Since April 2015, the council has a new referral process for the CAF. Once you have completed your E-CAF training and you are ready to start a CAF with a family, you will need to “Request to Start a CAF” with the council. This will allow the CAF Team to check whether the family are already known to the council to prevent the creation of duplicate files and to check whether there are any safeguarding or other concerns about the family.

On completion of the “Request to Start CAF”, the CAF team will set you up on the EHM system and add the family to your online account, generally within the same day.

To Request to Start a CAF, click here.

If you have a family who you think could benefit from a CAF, but are not on the EHM system, you may complete a “Request to Start a CAF” and the CAF team will assess who would be best placed to take the lead on the referral.

If, however, you have safeguarding concerns, you must refer to the MASH Team, using the MASH referral form.

 CAF Training

The CAF training is a great way to fully understand the process and to give you and your colleagues confidence in initiating and taking forward a CAF for a family you support.

For more information and to book onto a free CAF course at Barnet Council, please click here

If you are unable to access the council’s CAF training and want to find out more about the CAF process, you may contact Zoe Kattah who will take you through the process and provide an easy to understand presentation that can be shared with your staff.

Zoe Kattah on 020 8364 8400 ext.216 |

 EHM System and "Me Learning" for E-CAF

The online E-CAF system is also known as EHM (Early Help Module); while the Me-Learning is the training that sector organisations are required to attend in order to complete a CAF online. For more information and to sign up for Me-Learning training, click here.

 EHM Drop-in Surgeries and Practice Guidance

Barnet Council offers a series of half day drop-in surgeries to help you familiarise with using EHM and to answer any queries you may have about the system. Please note that attendance is on a first come first served basis and you must have completed the Me-Learning training and have been issued with a password.

Further support and practical guidance notes with step-by-step guide on how to use the system with screenshots are also available online. Please visit the CAF Practitioners page here.

 The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

MASH was developed by the police, Local Authorities and other agencies, in response to feedback from Serious Case Reviews and public enquiries on agencies’ inability to effectively share information, by providing a hub to co-locate safeguarding agencies and their data in a secure, research and decision making unit. Core agencies include the police public protection desk, children’s social care, health and education, with representatives attending from CAHMS, adult services, substance misuse, early intervention services, probation, housing and other services.

MASH in Barnet is the single point of entry for all referrals regarding concerns about a child or young person (unborn-18 years) or where it is felt they would benefit from additional support. Referrals will cover all thresholds of need from child protection to early help. If you have concerns about a child’s safety you can contact the MASH team to discuss your concerns. You will be expected to follow this with an online referral the same day.

MASH team: 020 8359 4066 (Monday–Thursday 9am to 5.15pm; Fridays -9am to 5pm)

If you would like to discuss a case without making a referral, please contact the consultation line for professionals on 020 8359 4336 (Tuesday and Wednesday 9.30am to 11.30am).

Outside of these hours, care and welfare concerns about children and young people that require an immediate response should be reported to the Emergency Duty Team on 020 8359 2000. Where an emergency response is required, at any time, the police should be called. For full details, can be found here. [link missing]

 Barnet Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

The LADO provides advice and guidance to employers, individuals and organisations who have concerns relating to an adult who works with children and young people (including volunteers, agency staff and foster carers) or who is in a position of authority and has regular contact with children (for example religious leaders or school governors).

There may be concerns about workers who may have:

  • Behaved in a way that has or may have harmed a child
  • committed a criminal offence against or related to a child
  • Behaved towards a child in a way that suggests they may be unsuitable to work with children

For further information about Barnet Council’s LADO click here.


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