Evaluation of the Safeguarding Children Assessment and Analysis Framework (SAAF): Research Report.

Summary: Aims to determine whether complex assessment undertaken by social workers using the Safeguarding Children Assessment and Analysis Framework (SAAF) would result in children being less likely to experience abuse or re-abuse than children whose social worker did not use the SAAF. Findings include: there was no evidence that SAAF resulted in fewer children being subject to a second child protection plan (CPP) or to a CPP following assessment which had not initially resulted in a CPP. Concludes that there was ‘no evidence of effectiveness’ for SAAF rather than ‘evidence of ineffectiveness.

Authors: Geraldine Macdonald, Jane Lewis, Deborah Ghate, Evie Gardner, Catherine Adams and Grace Kelly
Publication details: London: Department for Education (DfE), 2017
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