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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Supporting Families at the right time, in the right way ...

If you haven't already done so, please could put forward your views on what we should refer to the process whereby families receive the right support at the right time.

PAVO have suggested the following:

Child and Family Action Plan
Child and Family Action Team
Child and Family Agent or Co-ordinator

We are keen that the Child/ren and Family are first and central to the whole process.  
Assessment implies pass or fail and being judged.
Action is important - things are going to happen and changes made - not just talking.

What do you think?  

You can respond directly to the online survey and/or you can submit your comments to PAVO.

We support families in early interventions. We create a virtual “team to work with families and their children, meeting with them regularly until there is no longer a need to do so. Our recent review recommended a name change and we have recently been  given agreement by Welsh Government to change our title from Joint Assessment Family Framework ( JAFF) to Team Around the Family (TAF). 

The first stage in the TAF process is to assess the needs, both of the child and the family.  We have introduced a two-stage assessment to do this. Firstly the Child and the Family issues
It is important that we do not forget to listen to the voice of the child.
Which of the 3 titles here, do you think would best describe this assessment?
  1. Joint Assessment Family Framework.
  2. Team Around the Family Assessment.
  3. Child and Family Assessment.
Any other suggestions?
The second stage of offering help is to have a brief discussion at a monthly pre-arranged meeting with a range of managers of local services.  Each of these services may have something to offer the child, young person and their family.  This panel nominates the agencies which will make up the Team around the Family, if the family members accept them. Until now these meetings have been called, “Local Resource Solution Panels”.
Which of these titles do you think would be most meaningful to families and workers alike?
  1. Team Around the Family Panel (TAF Panel)
  1. Team Around the Family Forum ( TAF Forum)
  2. Local resource Solution Panel (LRSP)
Any other suggestions?
Lead Practitioner
Key to the TAF model working well is the role of a nominated lead person who;
·         Acts as the main point of communication with the family
·         Chairs each TAF meeting
·         Ensures the family is fully included
·         Ensures that the child’s needs are held at the centre of each discussion.
We would welcome suggestions about the title given to this key person.  Do any of the 3 suggested titles below seem to describe the role or do you have any different suggestions to add?
  1. Lead Practitioner
  2. Key Worker
  3. Family Contact
Any other suggestions?

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