Interface with Social Care

The aim of this section is to describe the process for transferring between TAC (Team around the Child) and Social Care (FAST). The transition between TAC and Social Care needs to be carefully managed to maintain continuity of support and ensure that the needs of the child, young person and their families are met in an appropriate and timely manner. This includes arrangements for transfer of the functions of Lead Professional to Social Worker or vice versa.

Transfer from TAC to Social Care

The decision to refer

NB At any stage the Early Help Consultant can be contacted for advice and guidance.

Social Care involvement is appropriate if the criteria are met under sections 17 or 47 of the Children Act 1989. If professionals are unclear as to whether a Social Care referral is appropriate, they should in the first instance discuss this with their line manager.

If a safeguarding concern is identified on a child who is subject to TAC, the professional who has the concern should immediately make a referral to Customer Service Centre (CSC) following their own agency’s guidelines and Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures

If during the course of a TAC meeting those present consider that the case may meet the criteria social care intervention, this should be explained to the family and a clear arrangement made to refer the matter immediately to CSC. The lead professional should take necessary actions on behalf of the group. One referral from the TAC meeting will suffice (Agreed by LSCB in April 2007). However the Lead Professional should ensure a further review date is agreed and if the case is transferred to social care, this date may be used for a CIN Meeting.

Referral process

  • In all cases, the referrer must telephone Customer Service Centre (01522 782111) to inform them of their concerns for every child in a family.
  • If the caller is a member of the TAC group and the issue is not deemed to require an urgent response, caller is asked to consult initially with Lead Professional and/or own agency’s line manager.
  • If the caller is the principal carer and issue is not deemed to require an urgent response, caller is asked to consult initially with Lead Professional.
  • If the caller is the Lead Professional and issue is not deemed to require an urgent response, they are advised to consult initially with partner practitioners and/or agency’s line manager.

Transfers from Social Care to TAC

The decision to transfer

There are a number of points in the Social Care process when a child or young person may transfer into the TAC process:

  • At the end of an assessment;
  • At any point in a Child in Need plan when Social Care no longer have a role
  • Where a Child Protection Plan is no longer required and statutory duties on behalf of social care have come to an end.

The transfer can occur when there is no longer a role for Social Care and the criteria for TAC are met (i.e. family needs ongoing support from three or more agencies remain involved).

Implementing the transfer from Social Care to TAC

Social Worker arranges the transfer to TAC including identification of agencies and Lead Professional and convenes the first TAC meeting.

The social worker supplies the following documents to the TAC group;

  • Recent assessment, or minutes of the most recent CIN meeting including current plan, or minutes of Child Protection Conference and plan.
  • Signed Information Sharing document giving consent from parent (or young person if appropriate) to share relevant information. There is a consent form for the purpose of information sharing available on www.lincolnshirechildren.net
  • Contact list for the family and all the professionals involved in the child’s plan.

The Social worker notifies the TAC Administrator that transfer has taken place and gives details of first scheduled TAC meeting and identity of Lead Professional. Case is closed by Social Care and TAC details then completed on ICS by TAC Coordinator. The Lead Professional takes over responsibility for co-ordination at this point.

Please note that if at any point in these processes a professional disagrees with the decisions of Children’s Social Care (or any other agency) this must be dealt with using the L.S.C.B. Professional Resolution and Escalation Protocol which states:

  • All staff and agencies have a duty to take action to escalate concern if they believe there is a risk that relates to the immediate safety or wellbeing of a child;
  • Disagreements within and between agencies must be resolved quickly and openly;
  • All agencies are responsible for ensuring that their workers are supported and know how to appropriately escalate concerns an disagreements about a child or young person’s well-being;
  • At every point all agencies’ staff should ensure discussions and outcomes are recorded in the agencies records and in the child’s file;
  • Care should be taken to agree a way of managing conflict, which allows children and families to understand the issues under discussion.

The full protocol can be found at: http://lincolnshirescb.proceduresonline.com/chapters/pr_prof_resolution.html

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Last updated: 31 October 2014

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