Research finds SAAF no more effective than

An evaluation of the Safeguarding Assessment and Analysis Framework (SAAF) has found that no evidence that SAAF resulted in fewer children being subject to a second Child Protection Plan (CPP) or to a CPP following an assessment which had not initially resulted in a CPP, when compared to usual practice. The randomised controlled trial was commissioned by the Department for Education. The trial did find a difference in the number of children who became subject to a CPP following an initial referral, in the time from referral to CPP and in the likelihood that a child categorised as experiencing one form of maltreatment would later be recorded as experiencing a different form of maltreatment. However, these differences relate to subsequent analysis, rather than measures of effectiveness, and so should be treated with caution.

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