There is multi-agency assessment, reviewing and support – with a Lead Professional
A partnership approach through a Team around the family (TaF) assessment with regular reviewing in place is required.
Note: Consent is required.
All assessments and action plans should be informed by the appropriate assessments within the Multi-Agency Assessment Toolkit
The child or family is identified as having two or more unmet needs that may be complex.
The needs are such that they require a coordinated multi agency response based on an outcome focused SMART action plan with a Lead Professional. These unmet needs may be complex and could be impacting on the safety and well-being of both the child and family.
Examples of Indicators at this level (this list is not exhaustive)
There is some evidence that issues are starting to effect the child’s physical, emotional, social or mental well being.
A child will have two or more additional needs such as:
- Children in households where parents/carers are under stress which may affect a child’s well being
- Children who are isolated with unsupported carers / or Young carers
- Parents with mental/ physical health difficulties that impact on the child’s routine.
- Children/parents who have a learning difficulty that impacts on the child’s routine.
- Children with emerging behavioural difficulties
- Children with inappropriate sexualised behaviour (Brook traffic light tool Green/some Orange or Red)
- Children started to have poor school attendance/ Missed health/ educational appointments
- A Child who has been excluded from school.
- Self-harming behaviours that are escalating in severity, frequency or typology.
- Children with emotional/ behavioural disorder
- Child exposed to domestic abuse, but the impact and all risks to the child (especially from any ‘hidden males’) have been assessed and one or both parent/s are engaged in behaviour change and have the capacity and motivation to protect a child from harm
- Beyond parental control or subject of anti-social behaviour order
- Children at risk of / engaging in criminal activities
- Antenatal support is required to ensure there is sufficient parental capacity.
- Indicators of neglect or emotional harm but parent/s appear to have the capacity and motivation to make necessary changes and maintain this with ongoing support
- Parents who demonstrate poor parenting capacity
- Children who are living in households where there is substance misuse but there is capacity and motivation to protect the child from harm.
- Children living in a household where there is parental or sibling mental health that has implications for the child’s well-being but no evidence of immediate harm.
N.B. If the Lead Professional is not an allocated IES worker and the TaF becomes ineffective or there is a requirement for more targeted interventions, a referral to Integrated Early Support (IES) via a referral to I-ART should be considered . In the event the Lead Worker is from IES then the csse should be considered for Step-Up to Children’s Social Care via a referral to I-ART.
Team Around the Family (TAF)
West Cheshire Integrated Early Support Strategy
Our Definition of Integrated Early Support:
Intervening in a joined up way at the earliest possible stage to tackle problems emerging for children, young people and families, or with a population most at risk of developing problems. Early support is a process and may occur at any point in a child, young person or vulnerable adult’s life.
All partners across West Cheshire have agreed that Integrated Early Support matters. We know that:
Effective prevention and early intervention work can avoid escalation of problems that people face and can improve their life chances
It can enable the effective ‘stepping – down’ of work with families and individuals which have been managed by acute services (such as Children’s Social Care Services) preventing the re-escalation or problems
It is crucial that we do everything possible in the current economic climate to support people and ensure they can be socially and economically independent
As Public Service budgets reduce, we need to reduce demand for acute and emergency services – which are much more costly than preventative work
The Integrated Early Support Strategy aims over a 3 year period to:
Improve the physical and emotional health and well being, behaviour, emotional resilience, safety and security, literacy and numeracy and social development of children and young people and families and vulnerable adults within West Cheshire.
Deliver a much more co-ordinated response to cases requiring multi agency support below the thresholds for acute and emergency services.
To ensure the right help is given at the right time and right place across all levels of service provision, to ensure earliest possible identification and prevention of escalation.
Further information about the new Integrated Early Support Service can be found here.
Vulnerable Children Index – The Integrated Early Support Strategy includes a set of indicators that can prompt agencies to consider this as a factor in any assessments and care plans in the context of the broader preventative service planning around the needs of families.