Devon Assessment Framework (DAF)
As part of the SEND Pathfinder Project, we have developed a single assessment and planning framework called the Devon Assessment Framework (DAF). The DAF incorporates many of the core components from previous assessments, including;
- Common Assessment Framework (CAF)
- Family Health Needs Assessment
- Individual Education Plans
- Statutory assessment of Special Educational Needs (Statement of SEN)
- Integrated Health & Social Care Assessment
- 139a Learning Difficulty Assessment
The DAF can be used for all children from 0-25 years. It will be started by the Health Visitor at birth and will follow the child as they develop, including those with low level special educational needs right up to the most complex children. The information collected can be stored centrally and accessed by all professionals who are working with a child so that families don’t have to tell the same story again and again.
The DAF suite of papework consists of
- DAF 1 Family Information and Assessment
- DAF 2a My Plan
- DAF 2b My EHC Plan
- DAF 3 Request for Additional Resources
- DAF 4 – Transition Assessment
- DAF Information Sharing Consent Form
- DAF Guidance (version 0.5 – working draft)
Once families have completed the DAF Assessment they will work with their lead professional to draw up a plan (DAF 2a) which will identify the outcomes that need to be met for individual children and young people.
Where provision required to meet a child or young persons’ needs cannot reasonably be provided from the resources normally available and there is sufficient evidence that actions/interventions to date have not been successful, the lead professional will be able to complete a ‘Request for Additional Resources’ (DAF 3).
For more complex children, a request for a stautory assessment may be submitted with evidence of the actions/interventions already taken to date, this may result in a statutory EHC plan.
Statutory assessment should not be the first step in the process; rather it should follow on from planning already undertaken with parents and young people, as part of the DAF process.