Most families would recognise that they have a support network around their family, whether this is grandparents, friends and the local GP or community groups. Through this network, families receive enough support, advice and sometimes help which enables them to overcome usual day to day difficulties that many people experience. Through these universal or preventative (community based) services, most families thrive.
Some families, however, will experience more complex difficulties in their lives. Depending on the type and complexity of their needs, they may need to get more help from targeted services provided by public sector organisations. These organisations need to step in and work alongside the support that is already in place.
A small minority of families will need help to cope with risks presented to the safety of some or all members of their family. When this happens, specialist services need to step in to work alongside the support that is already in place.
All practitioners working with children, young people and adults should have an awareness of the Think Family approach and the processes that support this. All practitioners who have not yet attended training are encouraged to do so.
For further information and support, please contact:
Early Help Hub
01480 376 666
Open 9am - 5pm from Monday to Thursday and 9am - 4.30pm on Friday.
Guidance, forms and documents
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Other useful documents
This area provides a number of documents/materials to support professionals in using the Think Family approach. Each of the supporting documents are categorised according to the area they relate to.
Please contact the Early Help Hub on 01480 376 666 or email [email protected] if you either have queries or feedback on the documents.
Guidance on how to chair a Team Around the Family meeting and what should be considered / discussed at the meeting.
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An overview of the sanctions available to partner agencies. It has details of the sanctions, tools, powers and levers that are used by public sector organisations in Cambridgeshire.
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A document that should be signed by all attending the TAF meeting, detailing how the information will be shared in accordance with the Think Family approach.
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Assessments / screening tools
Extra information and guidance on how to best complete the Drug & Alcohol screening tool. T: 01223 699 680 E: [email protected]
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Young Carers Assessment - To be completed alongside an Early Help Assessment (EHA) when there is a young carer in the family. Centre 33 T: 01223 307 488 E: [email protected]
Safe Lives risk indicator checklist (RIC) - To be used to assist in measuring risk of domestic violence victims aged 16+, who have disclosed current abuse to a professional. This tool is effective in very high risk cases, for referrals to Marac and other appropriate domestic violence support services.