Swindon’s Children, Families and Community Health Service has launched the Early Help Record and Plan, which replaces the Common Assessment Form (CAF)
The Early Help Guidance has been produced to provide all practitioners with a useful set of tools to support single agency and multi-disciplinary practice. It includes a common pathway for assessment, planning and review across the continuum of need, including Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEN/D).
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The Early Help Record and Plan is the common process in Swindon for supporting children, young people and families with additional needs through early identification, swift intervention and a planned, coordinated response. The aim is to consider the needs of the child or young person in four key areas:
- Health and Well-being
- Development needs, educational attainment and achievement
- Family and Community
The intention is for all children and young people, irrespective of their circumstances, to have the best start in life, to grow up safe, stable and healthy, to fulfill their potential and make a contribution to their community.
The Early Help Record is the first part of the single assessment process that aims to empower children, young people and their families and provide a timely, seamless service if needs escalate. The Single Assessment supports families through early help to escalating complex needs and urgent needs that require a statutory response from children’s social care (see Swindon LSCB Multi-Agency Threshold Guidance
) and/or an Education, Health Care Plan to respond to special educational needs and/or disability www.mycaremysupport.co.uk
How Does the Process Work?
The practitioner who identifies the needs gains consent from the young person, parent or carer to undertake an assessment, following which he or she coordinates an Early Help Record and Plan and initiates if appropriate a Team Around the Child and Family (TAC/F) meeting.
The purpose of the TAC/F meeting is to bring together practitioners with the appropriate skills to meet the identified needs of the child and develop a support plan. The parents and practitioners concerned will agree the most appropriate person to undertake the Lead Professional role. Goals will be identified and regular reviews undertaken, with the focus on a child-centred approach, positive engagement with the family, increased community involvement and collaboration between agencies.
Early Help Record and Plan Documents
The Early Help Record and Plan have been updated from feedback received from practitioners to make it more user friendly. Please ensure you are using the updated copy found on Schools on Line and the Children’s Services webpage.
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