Team Around the Child and Family (TACF)
What is Team around the Child and Family (TACF)?
The TACF is part of the Family Early Help Assessment (FEHA) process and brings together the parent, child or young person and practitioners into a small team focused around the needs of a whole family. It is an opportunity for the family and practitioners involved to come together and discuss and agree the FEHA action plan, and to review the FEHA at regular intervals.
Who is involved in the TACF?
This will vary depending on each individual situation and may change as the needs of the child or young person and family change. A TACF meeting should not be held without including the parent and the child or young person themselves (taking into account age and understanding). It is expected that children, young people, parents and carers will be involved fully and will be central to decision making. Relevant agencies/services currently or recently involved with the family, including any adult service working with parents, should also be included in the TACF.
What is the function of the TACF?
- To agree the needs of the child, young person and family
- To identify how support can be offered to the child, young person and family to meet those needs including actions for the family and child to undertake where appropriate
- To arrange as necessary additional referrals based on the assessment as a pathway to targeted and specialist services
- Complete an action plan to meet the needs of the child, young person and family
- Agree who will be the Lead Practitioner. Views of children, young people and their families must be taken into consideration in this decision-making process.
- Identify where needs cannot be met and report these to the Local Area Team (Identifying gaps in services may aid commissioning).
- Provide copies of the plan to all TACF members (including the family of the child and young person) .
Who arranges a TACF?
Usually the Lead Practitioner would arrange the TACF. Where a Lead Practitioner has not yet been identified the person who coordinated the assessment should arrange the initial meeting at which the Lead Practitioner should then be identified (the Local Area Team can advise and support with this process).
Who chairs the TACF?
The TACF is usually chaired by the practitioner who coordinated the assessment or the agreed Lead Practitioner.
What happens after a TACF meeting?
A record of the meeting which outlines the action plan and identifies the Lead Practitioner will be shared with all those invited. Where possible this should take place within five working days. This information should be recorded on the FEHA Review form.
How often do the TACF meetings take place?
It is important that the action plan is reviewed regularly. The review should take place within a space of time which enables change to take place but doesn’t allow everyone to forget what the actions and objectives were. On average three months would be realistic but the timescale will depend on the Team Around the Family’s views and their agreement. Time between reviews should not exceed six months. With consent the Lead Practitioner should inform the Local Area Teams when a review has taken place and the date of the next review as well as sending a copy of the assessment, plans and reviews to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On closure, the FEHA Closure form should be completed.
The Review should ensure that:
- Each action specified in the plan is reviewed against the stated desired outcome;
- The views of the child or young person and their parents have been considered;
- The outcome of any specialist assessment is considered;
- Any identified unmet needs are recorded and reported to the Local Area Teams;
- A record of the review must be made by the Lead Practitioner and shared with all those involved in the review within five working days.
- Consider whether the Lead Practitioner identified is still the most appropriate practitioner to undertake this role and they are happy to continue in the role. If not a new Lead Practitioner must be identified.
- There is a date agreed for when the plan is to be reviewed.
TACF principles and best practice:
- Informs, involves and empowers parents (and other close family members)
- Takes a holistic approach
- Is encouraging, positive and supportive to all members
- Gives all members an equal voice
- Arrives at collective agreements
- Acknowledges differences of views and negotiates workable solutions
- All practitioners are open and honest with the family about their concerns and also their views of the family's strengths
- Arrives at collective agreements: agrees needs, decides an action plan and provides well organised support