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Team Around the Family Supporting Tools

This page contains a number of documents to support practitioners and their managers with the role of the lead professional and Team Around the Family.

The Wirral Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) has developed a model for working with families that can be used across the continuum of need. Supporting Families Enhancing Futures (SFEF) is Wirral’s model designed to improve child centred practice and engagement with parents and carers leading to outcome focused and effective plans. The SFEF model draws upon the best evidence and research about ‘what works’ with families and has at its core, the every day lived experience of children and their families.

Due to the introduction of the new model the CAF assessment has been replaced by an Early Help Assessment Tool (EHAT).  The EHAT has  now been launched and incorporates the SFEF model.  The EHAT is the assessment that supports professionals identify help needed for children and families who require multi agency support in the form of TAF.  It is very important that the right help is identified at the earliest opportunity.  The right service at the right time.

In accordance with the new SFEF model, which will be launched in October 2017, there has also been some amendments to the TAF Plan/Minutes template. Like the SFEF model, the EHAT and TAF Plan/Minutes template focus on the ‘lived experience’ of the child and their family. To support practitioners in capturing the ‘lived experience’ the Beginners Guide to SFEF and Practitioner Prompt Guide are also available below.

We are now in the process of finalising the practice guidance for SFEF in Early Help and updating training to replace the CAF/TAF training with Early Help and TAF Training. These will  be available in October when the SFEF model is launched across the partnership. In the meantime we are confident that practitioners will be able to use the new EHAT, however, should you have any difficulties or need support please contact the Early Help Team on 0151 666 5126.

Please note that where Lead Professionals have already completed a CAF assessment they do not need to replace it with an EHAT.  

Where a child is at risk of significant harm, or has experienced significant harm a referral must be made to Social Care without delay.  The referral point is at the Integrated Front Door (IFD), Social Care 0151 606 2008.

IFD provides a single access point to children’s social care in Wirral. IFD can also be used for consultation purposes if the caller is unclear on how to proceed, in which case you should expect a written record of the consultation.

Upon making a referral IFD will require the following:

• Full details about the child and their circumstances

• Clear details on what concerns you have about the child

• Whether or not the family are aware that you have contacted IFD

• A multi agency referral form following the conversation

• Your availability to undertake a joint visit to the family with a Social Worker

Please click on the link below for the Request for Service Form:

Please click on the link below for the beginners guide to SFEF:

When concerns are at level 3 on the continuum of need, professionals can complete an EHAT with the family and notify the Early Help Team or complete a request for service form if they are not able to do this.  Advice can always be sought at all stages of the process by contacting the Early Help Social Workers:

Wallasey Locality Social Workers

Michelle Sandham 0151 666  3593/Katherine Jones 0151 666 5138

South West Locality Social Workers

Donna Hoijord Beard 0151 666 4850/Hayley Thompson 0151 666 5025

Birkenhead Locality Social Workers

Glynn Morgan 0151 666  3932/Jo Barlow 0151 666 3922

MASH based Social Worker

Trish O’Hagan 0151 666 4906

Integrated Front Door Social Workers

Amy Sellers 0151 666 5046/Vicky Sansom 0151 666 5043

Prior to completing a EHAT you should have attended the Team Around the Family Training.  Please follow this link to the training page.

Any person working with a family in Wirral can refer into the Integrated Front Door if they feel that the children and family require services from multiple organisations, also known as multi agency. The common assessment form is simply a way of recording the discussion that a practitioner has with a child/parent.

It does not have to be highly formal or presented as a ‘big event’.

Key points to remember about the discussion:

  • Practitioners should complete the common assessment together with the child/parent to find solutions as early as possible.
  • The discussion must be child(ren) centred.
  • The assessment should be factual and professional opinion must be stated as such.
  • ALL family members should be included within the assessment.  This includes all children and all adults residing within the household.

Practitioners should consider the child and family’s strengths as well as needs and these should be recorded. Focus should be around the impact on the child/family, what needs to improve to ensure the child(ren) meet their outcomes. It aims to provide a simple process for a full assessment of children and families’ needs and strengths; taking account of the roles of parents, carers and environmental factors on their development. Practitioners are then better placed to agree with children and families about appropriate modes of support.  You can also ask for advice and guidance from the TAF Champions and find agencies in the Early Help Directory of Services.

Please follow the link

What is Early Help?

This is a copy of a blank EHAT form for professionals to use with families.  Please click on the form to open it.

If the child/parent doesn’t want to participate, the practitioner cannot proceed. However, if this increases the practitioner’s worries they need to discuss with their manager and the Early Help Social Worker.

This page contains all the tools you might use if you are going to act as a lead professional or manage someone who is.  This page also includes quality assurance tools designed for self assessment and management oversight.  It is an expectation that these are used by both EHAT authors and their manager.

When completing EHAT please refer to Prompt Sheet for Practitioners below

might need to work together to make sure the child’s needs are met.

After you have completed the TAF training and you have completed the EHAT, the lead professional welcome pack contains tools to help you. Please click on the pack to open it.

lead-professional-welcome-pack-Sept 2017

Although the pack contains the TAF minutes template a separate one is below for ease.

Please click on the minutes form to open it.

TAF Minutes template 2017As part of the role it is important that you can evidence that the support from partners is working and making positive changes for the family from the family’s perspective.  Therefore it is a requirement that you complete the Distance Travelled Tool throughout the intervention.  It is good practice to complete the tool alone with the family prior to each TAF meeting.  When the TAF episode is closed please send your first and final figure to [email protected]  The tool consists of twenty questions based on the EHAT.  There are also flashcards for you to give to the family in order to support the process. Please click on the distance travelled form to open it.

Distance Travelled for Children

Distance Travelled guidance

The flashcards can then be used to support the family score themselves whilst the lead professional completes the Distance Travelled Tool.  Please click on the flashcard below to open them.

DT Flashcards for Children

Throughout the intervention and when the case has closed there are quality assurance tools that both the lead professional and their manager can complete. These tools are currently being developed and will be available in due course.