Safeguarding Children Assessment and Analysis Framework
The SAAF was designed to help social workers make an analysis in complex cases about the level of harm suffered or likely to be suffered by the child; the risks of re-abuse or likelihood of future harm; and the prospects for successful intervention.
The SAAF can be used with anymodel of practice adopted by a local authority so long as it is 'strengths-based' and based on the Assessment Framework (Working Together (2018)). The SAAF focuses on how social workers organise and make sense of the information they have gathered during the assessment phase.
The use of the SAAF can helpsocial workers discriminate better those cases that meet the criteria for initiating court proceedings and those where it would be appropriate for further intervention before any proceedings are initiated.
The two-day SAAF training programme is more effective when supported by the attendance of team managers and the provision of case-based coaching sessions.