Team around the child meetings

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Having an autistic child has meant a ton of paperwork and along with that alot of meetings. At the moment we are currently going through the process of trying to get Blake a EHCP ( educational health care plan). 

One of these meetings are called Team around the child meetings. I wasn't too sure about what to fully expect from my first meeting which was 2 hours long and I found to be rather draining. 





WHAT IS A TEAM AROUND THE CHILD MEETING?

A Team Around The Child (TAC) meeting is where professionals and agencies that are working with a child come together to make sure that they are all  working on the same goals and sharing relevant information.

WHO ATTENDS A TEAM AROUND THE CHILD MEETING?

It depends on your child. But you will want people that are working with your child regularly there. The key people have are of course parents and key workers from nursery/school.  To give you an idea here are some of the professionals I sat around a conference table with at a meeting a few weeks ago: 

- Health Visitor 
- School Key worker
- Blake's teacher
- School SENCO
- Additional SEN worker from school
- Keyworker from the Early Support Care Co-ordination  (ESCO)

Other people you may want involved are:
- Speech and language therapist 
- PORTAGE or childrens centre staff 

It's important that professionals who aren't able to attend send over any relevant information for the meeting. 


WHAT IS THE AGENDA AT A TEAM AROUND THE CHILD MEETING?

It really depends on each individual childs needs. For us our first meeting was about making sure we all have the right information and paperwork and what's happening in regards to Blake getting a EHCP and how things are going at school and what's in place along with any worries the school had.

A typical meeting may follow this agenda.




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