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16 May 2007: Capita Children’s Services has announced the launch of its eCAF system, the online version of the Common Assessment Framework (CAF), to help authorities effectively evaluate children’s needs. All authorities are required to have a fully operational eCAF system by the end of 2008 in order to improve information sharing on children and to better assess when intervention is required.

Capita Children’s Services’ One eCAF will make it easier for authorities to improve outcomes for children. The system can be accessed online by authorised personnel from wherever is most convenient. A teacher or police officer, for example, will be able to logon to One eCAF from their place of work to investigate if there is an existing CAF for a child they have recently been in contact with. They can quickly see who they need to talk with to raise any concerns about the child and contribute to the child’s assessment by logging their own observations. This information can then be accessed centrally, so those individuals trained to assess a child’s needs can take any necessary action immediately.

One eCAF will enable all key workers such as teachers, social care practitioners and health care professionals to effectively work together to build a comprehensive picture of a child which will help improve decision-making and the quality of service delivery.

“One eCAF will allow authorities to finally deliver the Every Child Matters aim of all agencies working collectively for the good of a child. This is vital in ensuring those children at most risk are brought to the authority’s attention from the earliest possible moment,” says Sean Massey, Director, Capita Children’s Services. He continued: “The development of One eCAF is the latest step in Capita Children’s Services’ commitment to helping authorities improve outcomes for children.”

The system is fully compliant with DfES requirements and provides a full audit trail of individuals who have been in contact with a child and the services being provided. Data can be shared across authority boundaries to ensure a child can be properly assessed as they move from one authority to another. Sensitive information can be shielded from those not authorised to view it so access to a child’s past mental health information, for example, may only be available to specialist users.

eCAF integrates with Capita Children’s Services’ One information management system, which is used by 126 local authorities across the UK to manage data on all interactions, interventions and service delivery for children. This allows authorities to save time and reduce the risk of errors as the eCAF record will be instantly populated with a child’s existing data from One.

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Capita Children’s Services contact:

Sean Massey, Director of Children’s Services, Capita Children’s Services, Franklin Court, Priory Business Park, Cardington, Bedford, MK44 3JZ. Tel: 01234 838 080 Email: sean.massey@capita.co.uk

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Issue Date:16 May 2007

Capita Children’s Services is the leading supplier of information systems to the Children’s Services sector providing a range of software and services to schools and local authorities to help raise standards and reduce administration. Capita Children’s Services’ SIMS is the most popular information management system for schools and is used every day by more than 22,000 educational establishments in the UK. Children’s Services teams in over 120 local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales currently use Capita Children’s Services’ One information management system.

www.capita-cs.co.uk

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