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The lead professional should consider whether a team around the family meeting may be useful to work out the best way forward and convene a meeting if it is.

It is important to ensure that an accessible meeting is planned for all the professionals working with the family, together with the parents/carers and where possible the child or young person too. The most important person and focus of the meeting should be the child (or children).

The meeting must take account of the views of the child/young person as well as the parents/carers. It may be useful to collect their views before the meeting.

The meeting should focus on solving problems and identifying how everyone can work together to make a difference.

An action plan should be agreed as to how all parties will work together to support a change that will benefit the children and parents/carers, as a family.

The action plan should include:

  • what is important to the children and the family
  • what everyone agrees they would like to see change
  • how the support that is agreed will be put in place and by whom.

On completion, the action plan and notes of the meeting should be written up and shared with the other professionals and the family and submitted to Access and Response Team (ART) 01454 866000 , email: accessandresponse@southglos.gov.uk

The plan should be reviewed together with the family on a regular basis to check that it is working and make changes where needed. This will mean looking at whether the plan:

  • has made any difference
  • has been helpful
  • and if anything else needs to change.

The most important person and focus of a review meeting should be the child (or children).

On completion, the review of progress should be submitted to Access and Response Team (ART) 01454 866000 , email: accessandresponse@southglos.gov.uk

When it is considered that the action plan has made a difference, it may be appropriate to consider phasing out some forms of support, and to gradually increase the independence of the family.

At an appropriate point that everyone agrees, the action plan and the single assessment for early help will be closed. It will be possible to re-open a single assessment for early help if needs increase again in the future.

The decision to close a single assessment for early help should be submitted to Access and Response Team (ART) on completion, email: accessandresponse@southglos.gov.uk