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When working with families to develop meaningful case plans it can be useful to use the collaborative assessment and planning (CAP) tool. The CAP tool is best used in partnership with children, families and their safety and support network to organise information into:

  • harm 
  • complicating factors 
  • acts of protection and belonging 
  • strengths and resources.

The scaling question can be used to allow participants to express their opinion or perspective on issues such as safety and progress with case plan goals. 

Using the CAP framework tool also provides an opportunity for children, family and their safety and support network to develop or have significant input into developing worry statements (which identify risk), goals statements (which is what everyone is hoping to achieve) and action steps (how everyone will reach the goals). 

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