Partnership Plus (TaF Required)
There is evidence of complex needs within a family and that issues are starting to affect the child’s physical, emotional, social and mental wellbeing. A whole family response is required and the needs are such that they require a coordinated multi-agency support plan via a Team around the Family (TaF).
Parents / Carers show a willingness and understanding of the benefits of accessing support, but their own needs are such that they would benefit from a period of targeted intervention to support them to meet their child’s needs and sustain positive change. It is important to remember that sometimes parents/carers will struggle with accepting or engaging with support and their responses can present in different ways:
- They may give the appearance of co-operating with professionals to avoid confrontation or to please the professional and allay concerns
- They may openly refuse to engage for instance not permitting access to a child, entry to a home, declining offers of support
In these circumstances it is important to explore the reasons for parents/carers resistance to accepting help. Do they have the capacity to understand what is being offered e.g., are there any language barriers or learning needs? Are they frightened about what might happen e.g., fear of the children being removed or a parent experiencing domestic abuse that fears reprisals if services intervene? Do they have negative previous experience of service involvement? Trauma-Informed Practice approaches should assist professionals in developing an empathetic approach that can result in an increased level of trust and a more open response which in turn increases willingness to engage. Partners are encouraged to retain focus on change in the family/carer system and the impact on the lives and wellbeing of the child as this is a more reliable measure than verbal agreement of parents/carers to engaging with support.
Assessments at this level is imperative. It enables practitioners to engage with children and families to understand their holistic needs, and identify what support is needed for the presenting issues. A Team around the Family (TaF) plan is necessary to ensure there is a co-ordinated approach to meeting the needs of the child/ren and wider family and should be supplemented by completion of other assessment tools in the SCP Multi-Agency Toolkit.
Outcomes seen at level (this list is not exhaustive)
Needs of the Unborn, Child, Young Person
N.B. If the Lead Professional is not an allocated Early Help and Prevention Service worker and the TaF becomes ineffective or there is a requirement for more targeted interventions, a referral to the Early Help and Prevention Service (EHP) via a referral to I-ART should be considered. In the event the Lead Worker is from EHP then the plan should be considered for Step-Up to Children’s Social Care again via a referral to I-ART.
Team Around the Family (TAF)
Early Help and Prevention Service
The Early Help and Prevention Service works to help:
- children, young people and their families with a range of needs
- victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse
The team is made up of a variety of staff such as family intervention workers, youth workers, Team Around the Family advisors, independent domestic violence advisors and participation workers. Often our work requires support from a number of partner organisations and sometimes it can be for families who no longer need help from children’s social care.
The team support children, young people and their families when they have a number of issues that are impacting on them. This includes:
- children, young people and adults affected by domestic abuse;
- family members with a range of emotional health and wellbeing concerns;
- young carers;
- families with housing needs;
- adults and young adults wanting to return to work or engage in work;
- working with children and young people with challenging behaviour;
- support with parenting concerns;
- young people who are not attending school or struggling to access training or education;
- young people involved in risk taking or anti-social behaviour.
The service focuses on three key areas:
- family casework and domestic violence and abuse
- early help, schools and partnerships
- community safety and youth service
Our Early Help and Prevention Teams work in the following districts:
- Northwich and Winsford
- Ellesmere Port
- Chester and Rural
If you have a concern or want to speak to someone for advice please get in touch with your district Early Help and Prevention Team:
Northwich and Winsford: 01244 972908
Ellesmere Port and Neston: 0151 337 4535
Chester and Rural: 01244 977720