A generic assessment tool available to all practitioners in statutory agencies and voluntary organizations across England working with children and young people. Its use is aimed at children and young people, including unborn babies, who have been identified as having additional needs for which either short‐ or long‐term support is required. The intention is that assessments are carried out early and effectively, with involved professionals fully aware of all issues affecting the child or young person, planning and working together to address these additional needs. When a CAF is in existence, a lead professional will be allocated to coordinate the team around the child or young person, and act as the single point of contact for parents or carers. The CAF has a standard form (although some local areas may have modified this) considering three areas: the development of the child, parents and carers, and family environment. It replaces some existing assessments but sits alongside specialist assessments such as statutory assessment for special educational needs and universal health checks.