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Early intervention and Common Assessment Framework

Early intervention and common assessment framework

Early intervention supports children, young people and families to help them to achieve better outcomes, focussing on children and young people from 

  • Birth to 19 years old
  • 25 years where a young person has Special Educational Needs

Early Intervention means identifying needs, risks and issues which may escalate into more serious problems, then taking action to provide help for children, young people and families to prevent future problems.

We do this by building on people's existing strengths, helping them to achieve good outcomes and ensuring that individuals, families and communities achieve their full potential.

Early Intervention can support a range of different needs, for example

  • Developmental delay in a young child and providing 
  • additional support in
  • A child having difficulty settling into school, which may be affecting that child's behaviour
  • A young person who is grieving following bereavement or family break-up
  • Families who are affected by disadvantage or disrupted lives
  • Anti-social behaviour or substance misuse issues in older children
  • Working with families where domestic abuse is an issue 

Assessing your needs

One of the important ways we help families through early intervention is by using a simple, effective assessment of children's and families' needs. 

This helps us to work with you to identify the most effective ways to work with children and families to change their lives for the better. This is called the Common Assessment Framework (CAF). This assessment is carried out by a professional already working with a child, young person or family. 

The work that follows that assessment is co-ordinated by a lead professional within a team around the family (TAF).

Which services can help?

The team around the family consists of the following services

  • Children’s centres
  • Parenting and Family Support
  • Youth Service
  • NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) Prevention Service
  • Youth Offending Service 


Other Early Intervention services are provided by other Wokingham Borough Council departments, or by other partner organisations in the borough and beyond. These services include:

  • Education Welfare Service
  • Education Psychology Service
  • Young Person’s Health Service
  • Young Person’s Substance Misuse Service
  • Foundry College
  • Special Educational Needs

For more information read our early intervention principles (PDF document)

The way a Common Assessment Framework (CAF) is requested has changed. You can now use the secure and dedicated online system website called eCAF.

What is eCAF?

To find out what eCAF is view our eCAF presentation (PDF document)

eCAF Training

Before using eCAF we recommend that you complete our online eCAF training. Visit the eCAF training suite website.

Please feel free to access the eCAF training suite as often as you wish.

In addition you may wish to refer to the   eCAF Show Me Guide (PDF document)eCAF Flow Chart - How to Create an Assessment (PDF document) and system help within the eCAF system.

How do I get an eCAF Account

Only authorised users are able to access eCAF.

All those who require access to eCAF must complete and return a copy of the  eCAF New User Form (Word document) to caf@wokingham.gov.uk

Read our brief summary of the process to request access to eCAF (PDF document).

How to access the eCAF system

eCAF is a secure web based system. Once you have been provided with an account to eCAF, login to the eCAF System website

System Support

If you need assistance using the system, or have any other CAF related queries then please contact the Wokingham CAF Team.

Useful Documents

Read our Lead professionals instruction guide (PDF document) for Lead Professionals using e-CAF.

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