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Information for professionals about team around the family (TAF) meetings

Information about conducting TAF meetings and what to do after meetings have been held.

About TAF meetings

A TAF meeting is for practitioners and family members to share information and to create an action plan that best suits the needs of the child.

It is a meeting between:

  • some or all of the practitioners working with a child and family
  • the parent or carer (or child, if appropriate).

TAF meetings can meet the diverse needs of children. They focus on strategies that the child and family can take, rather than any organisations or service providers.

How to conduct a TAF meeting

A TAF meeting should take place within six weeks after a decision to provide early help has been made.

You should appoint a lead professional before the first meeting, if this has not already been done. The lead professional is responsible for arranging and coordinating all TAF meetings as needed. 

Read about the lead professional's responsibilities

What happens at a TAF meeting 

At the TAF meeting, you should review the early help assessment (EHA) and use an early help, plan, review and closure form used to note:

  • any progress
  • worries that the professionals and family have
  • record any actions and who needs to complete them. 

Completing a plan, review and closure form

You should complete:

  • the plan section of the form at the first TAF meeting
  • the review sections at any follow-up TAF meetings
  • the closure section when the family no longer need or consent to early help services.

What to do after the meeting

Meetings should take place every six weeks. All involved professionals, the family and young person (if it is appropriate for them to attend) should all be invited to discuss what is going well and what changes they would like to see happen. You should record any updates on the review section of the early help, plan, review and closure form.

After the last meeting

You should complete the closure section of the form after all the family’s needs have been met, or they no longer consent to early help services.

Record any unmet needs that were identified. If the unmet needs mean that the concerns are escalated to statuary intervention, you must have a consultation with the Early Help Team. Refer to the continuum of need document alongside the continuum of need guidance document to determine the current level of need (- see 'Documents' below). 

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Contact

Early Help

Third Floor, Laurence House, 1 Catford Road, SE6 4RU
Email: earlyhelp@lewisham.gov.uk or EarlyHelpGCSX@Lewisham.GCSX.gov.uk
Opening hours:

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Telephone: 020 8314 7333 (to speak to an early help adviser or social worker)