The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) process was developed for practitioners from a range of backgrounds to use to gather and assess information in relation to a child’s needs in development, parenting, and the family environment.

After gaining consent from the child/family to share information gathered from discussions, the initial task for a practitioner is to advise other relevant service practitioners to come together in a TAC to assess those needs and decide with the child/family a course of action to provide the services needed.

A TAC is a multi-disciplinary team of practitioners established on a case-by-case basis to support a child, young person or family.

TAC supports particular elements of good professional practice in joined-up working, information sharing and early intervention. The TAC is a model of service delivery that involves

  • a joined-up assessment, usually a Common Assessment Framework (CAF).
  • a lead professional (LP) to coordinate the work
  • the child / young person and family at the centre of the process
  • a virtual or flexible multi-agency team that will change as needs change
  • coordination at the point of delivery
  • a TAC support plan to meet the needs of the child / young person
  • regular meetings to which the child / young person and families are invited to attend.

In some local areas the TAC is enlarged to become

  • a Team Around the Family (TAF) when dealing with families
  • a Team Around the School (TAS) where all the children with additional needs in a school are helped
  • in some areas there is a Team Around the House (TAH) when dealing with children in a home of facility.

The Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC) produces information and guidance on the TAC for both practitioners and their managers. Please note: The guidance may not reflect current policy.

Please note: National eCAF is the electronically enabled version of the CAF form and process.