The lead professional supports those children and families with additional needs. They act as a single point of contact for a child and their family.
A lead professional should be agreed at the first team around the child meeting. Typically they are the person that has the most contact or the best relationship with the family. The parent/carer, child and/or young person should be asked at the first team around the child meeting who they would like to be the lead professional.
The role of the lead professional is to:
It is not the responsibility of the lead professional to:
The lead professional and chairing roles are covered in the Early Help Assessment and TAF process training.
Salford Early Help Assessment team can support with chairing Team Around the Family meetings where:
An escalation meeting is required if a member of the Early Help team is involved with a family and there are concerns that the family’s needs or a child’s needs have escalated from level 2 to level 3 (in their opinion). On occasion, a TAF meeting may also be held as an escalation meeting or there could be a separate escalation meeting due to time restrictions. A team manager from Early Help will chair this meeting and a decision will be made as to whether to escalate the case to the Bridge Partnership or not as an outcome from that meeting. An escalation meeting has to take place in order for a case to be considered to be escalated to Children's Social Care.
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This page was last updated on 15 October 2018