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:
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.
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.
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:
You should complete:
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.
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).
Contact us for support and advice about TAF meetings or completing the EHA.
|Email:||firstname.lastname@example.org or EarlyHelpGCSX@Lewisham.GCSX.gov.uk|
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
|Telephone:||020 8314 7333 (to speak to an early help adviser or social worker)|
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