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CAF and lead practitioner training

As part of our Directorate and Partnership Workforce Plan for 2014/15, a centrally resourced training programme is in place to support the continued development and embedding of integrated working practices in Newcastle.

There is an ongoing commitment to developing workforce skills, capacity and ways of working to support partnership working and this plan includes training and related support for the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) Lead Practitioner and Information sharing.

This programme includes: CAF Practice and Refresher Training; CAF Card Training; and CAF support groups. The programme supports: Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013; the Looked after Children Strategy (LAC) and early intervention.


CAF Practice and refresher training

Please note: This is a new learning and development opportunity which replaces previous CAF/ Lead Practitioner Training and CAF Refresher Training.

Target audience: This session is suitable for experienced CAF practitioners and managers who have previously been on training and need a refresher, as well as new staff who are likely to be involved directly with CAF assessments and act as 'lead practitioners'. It is also advised for practitioners who are likely to be invited to Team Around the Child/Team Around the Family meetings.

Aims: This training is designed to support practitioners and managers across the children, young people and adult workforce to develop and refresh knowledge related to the CAF. Using a CAF case study the session will offer an opportunity to reflect on practice, share experiences and to further develop skills, particularly in relation to assessment; engagement with children, young people and families; team around the family and the role of the lead practitioner.

 Learning outcomes

  • To increase awareness around the importance of early intervention, multi-agency working and information sharing.
  • To develop knowledge and understanding of other practitioners roles and responsibilities to promote effective partnership working.
  • To experience using the whole of the CAF process (assessment; team around the family and lead practitioner)
  • To reflect and share good practice around effective engagement with children, young people and families
  • To develop an understanding of how to undertake a family assessment with a focus on evidence and analysis.
  • To consider the importance of solution focused planning and outcomes.


CAF card training - New for 2014

The assessment tools called 'CAF Cards' and 'Road Sign Cards' have been specifically developed to fully engage and empower young people in the Common Assessment Process, or other forms of assessment and action planning. The cards are aimed at children over the age of eleven and can be used with parents as well.

The CAF cards have been used successfully by practitioners to engage and empower young people to talk about themselves and their lives; explore their own beliefs and values; help to identify strengths and resources as well as needs and assist in motivating and creating change.

Course aim: To provide practitioners with a creative tool to support CAF assessments with young people and individual needs assessment generally.

Learning outcomes: By the end of the training all participants will have explored in practice how they can use the cards in their work context and will have had first-hand experience of using them, both as a 'client' and as a 'practitioner'

Please note that this training day is NOT about how the Common Assessment Framework will work generally, but is about providing practitioners with a tool which will enhance their young person centred work.

Cost: These courses are funded as part of Children's Trust arrangements.

CAF Practice and Refresher Training

Time: 9:30am - 2:30pm

  • Thursday 15 May 2014 Collingwood Room Civic Centre
  • Monday 16 June 2014 Stephenson Room Civic Centre

CAF Card Training

Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm

  • Tuesday 15 April 2014 Armstrong Room Civic Centre
  • Thursday 3 July 2014 Armstrong Room Civic Centre


Information sharing training

Information sharing is the term used to describe the situation where practitioners use their professional judgement and experience on a case-by-case basis to decide whether and what personal information to share with other practitioners. It is a central part of Common Core skills and knowledge for the children and young people's workforce.

Information Sharing is key to the government's goal of delivering better public services that are coordinated around the needs of the individual, and is essential to enable early intervention and preventative work, for safeguarding and promoting welfare and for wider public protection.

To support improved information sharing, city wide information sharing training is in place as part of the Integrated Working Training Framework. Sessions are delivered on a multi-agency basis, are practice focused and provide opportunities for sharing of issues, practice experience, and highlight 'common ground'.

This course explores the implications of information sharing in operational practice, and is designed to be an integral part of a multi-agency training programme to support integrated working practices (alongside Common Assessment Framework (CAF), Lead Practitioner and safeguarding training).

The training relates to "case-by-case" information sharing. It provides a foundation to support the development of information sharing skills, knowledge and practice in teams and in organisations, including through supervision.

Target audience: This module is for practitioners across the Children's and Adults workforce who are in the position of having to make decisions about sharing personal information on a case by case basis. It will be extremely important for those who are expected to undertake CAF assessments, act as Lead Practitioner and contribute to Team around the Family meetings.

This module is also beneficial for managers and others who are involved in supporting and advising practitioners with complex information sharing decisions, and for others with responsibility for information governance


  • To assist practitioners in understanding their responsibilities in relation to information sharing, taking account of national guidance.
  • To provide an opportunity for colleagues from different agencies to learn together and explore professional dilemmas.

Content areas:

  • Information sharing as a key component of effective integrated working
  • Principles and legislation that govern information sharing
  • Information sharing process flows and checklists and how to apply these to different situations
  • Principles and processes associated with obtaining consentto share information, including when it is not appropriate to seek consent
  • Managing challenging information sharing and consent issues by working through scenarios and case studies
  • Share common issues and challenges regarding information sharing in practice

Cost: This course is funded as part of Children's Trust arrangements.

Training dates:

  • Tuesday 13 May 2014 Collingwood Room Civic Centre 9:30am - 12:30pm
  • Thursday 17 July 2014 Armstrong Room Civic Centre 9:30am - 12:30pm


How to book a place

If you would like to book a place or check availability please contact Workforce Development Admin on 0191 277 2091,  or email:

To discuss whether this day is relevant for you please contact Louise Taylor (Senior Training and Development Officer) on 0191 277 7424 or email:

Page last updated: 
8 April 2014
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