Promoting Inclusion: Shared Assesment:
Multi-Agency Planning and Practice

Presented in March, 2004

Preschool Community Teams Project

Supported by Changing Children’s Services Fund

Consultation with the parents

3 Team Model

Management Team: strategic planning and overview
Community Team: taking referrals and coordinating services
Core Team: working directly with individual families

Referral criteria

Preschool children with significant additional support needs requiring input from two or more services, other than universal services.

Aims

Streamline the referral process.
Coordinate services from the start.
Include a keyworker system.
Ensure families have a written family support plan.
Ensure that families are central to the whole process.

Community Team

Role of Community team

Benefits of Community team

  • Single access point
  • Earlier identification
  • Quicker response to referral
  • Consistent information
  • Coordinated services from the start
  • Families central to the process.
  • Role of Core team

    The essence of the core team is that professionals from the different agencies and the child’s parents come together on equal terms at regular family-friendly meetings to discuss the child’s and family’s needs in detail and to agree a coordinated approach documented in a Family support plan. The core team is individual to each child and family.

    Benefits of Core team

    For families:

    For professionals:

    Keyworker

    A keyworker is both a source of support for the family and a link by which other services are accessed and used effectively. The have responsibility for working together with the family and with professionals from their own and other services and for ensuring delivery of the Family support plan for the child and the family.

    Evidence on effects of keyworkers

    Elements of a quality keyworker service

    Service Coordination system

    Outcomes

    Achieved to date

    Next stage

    Promoting inclusion