FACE Assessment Tools for CAMHS

The FACE Child and Adolescent Risk Assessment Suite (CARAS) is the UK's first fully integrated suite of risk assessment tools and outcome measures for use in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).

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Uses a systematic and structured approach to assess static and dynamic risk factors. This supports clinicians by identifying key risk factors that are used to formulate and implement risk management plans.

Supports planning

All information recorded feeds into risk management plans, leading to more targeted care and improving efficiency.

Supports multi-disciplinary teams

Where clinicians and staff of varying professional backgrounds and skills are working together.


Covers a comprehensive scope with a variety of specialist risk assessments.


The FACE CARAS Assessment Toolset has been developed over a two-year period in collaboration with the University of Durham and with the input of mental health practitioners across child and adolescent mental health services.

FACE Assessment Toolsets are a product of over 20 years' development work involving hundreds of practitioners, service users and carers. They are designed to meet key clinical, management and national requirements.

They are also updated regularly with the involvement of our professional user network and we are constantly seeking to both improve existing tools and design new tools to meet emerging needs.

Included in toolset

  • Risk Screening Tool
  • Aggression Risk
  • Eating Disorder Risk
  • Learning Disability Risk
  • Self Harm/Suicide Risk
  • Sexual Harm Risk
  • Vulnerability Risk
  • Ward Open
  • Ward Secure

Training and support

We can provide on-site training for users through our network of experienced trainers. We also run a 'Train the Trainer' programme for people who wish to become expert users.

Find out more about our training options.

Other FACE Toolsets

Adult risk assessment & management

Facilitates high quality, proportionate assessment of risk.

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Child & young people's

Facilitating a clear, structured and personalised process for special educational needs.

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Mental capacity &

Meeting the legal requirements of the MCA and DoLS.

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