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Early Help and Team Around the Child

Early Help In Lincolnshire

Providing early help is more effective in promoting the welfare of children than reacting later. Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life, from the foundation through to teenage years.

Lincolnshire’s early help offer puts the responsibility on all professionals to identify emerging problems and potential unmet needs for individual children and families, irrespective of the whether they are providing services to children or adults. The professionals working mainly in universal services are best placed to identify children or their families, who are at risk of poor outcomes. These will be in health services, such as health visitors, GPs and school nurses, or in Children’s Centres, or in education provision at any age from early years onwards.

Lincolnshire’s early help offer recognises the crucial role that all family members – not just mothers and fathers, but step parents, grandparents, siblings and other extended family members and carers – play in influencing what children experience and achieve as well as the consequences when families are in difficulty.

What is a TAC?

Children and families may experience a range of needs at different times in their lives. All children including children with additional needs require access to high quality universal services. Some children are at risk of poor outcomes. These are children with additional needs and they will require targeted support from a range of different agencies and may require a Team around the Child (TAC), a group of professionals who can provide different services to meet the identified need(s).

When a TAC is required

When a professional from any agency identifies a child with an additional need and where the care needs require co-ordination due to complexity or due to the number of agencies involved, then a Team around the Child meeting should be initiated. As a guide, a TAC would normally be required where two or more support services are involved, however this is not prescriptive and professionals should use their judgement to consider when a TAC is necessary.

As a parent or carer it may be difficult to know where or who to go to for support and advice.  Parents/carers are encouraged to speak to professionals that they have an existing relationship with and if necessary ask if they can help arrange a TAC to help support you with the issues you are concerned about.

Lead Professional

The Lead Professional is normally appointed after consultation between workers and family members at the first TAC meeting. The Lead Professional acts as a single point of contact for the family/child/ young person and professionals. The Lead Professional ensures that the family receive appropriate interventions when needed, which are well planned, reviewed regularly and effectively delivered

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Last updated: 28 June 2017

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