SAAF Trial

Trial Acronym SAAF
Clinical Area Child Protection
Description THE SAAF STUDY: evaluation of the Safeguarding Children Assessment and Analysis Framework (SAAF), compared with management as usual, for improving outcomes for children and young people who have experienced, or are at risk of, maltreatment: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial
Status Closed
Date Opened to Recruitment 14th October 2014
Target Recruitment 1800 cases
Date Closed to Recruitment 31st October 2015
No. of Sites 6
Trial Design A multi-site, cluster-randomised controlled trial.
Study Aim The primary aim of this study is to determine whether complex assessments undertaken under S47 or S17 of the Children Act 1989 by social workers using SAAF, result in children being less likely to experience maltreatment or re-abuse than children whose social workers do not use SAAF
The secondary aims of the study are to determine the extent to which SAAF: improves the quality of social work assessments of harm, future risk and parents’ capacity for change; is acceptable to social workers and other key stakeholders
Chief Investigator Prof Geraldine Macdonald
Sponsors University of Bristol
Funder Department for Education