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Identification and assessment of SEND in the Early Years

Team Around the Child Panel 0-4 years

Purpose

To deliver a multi-agency assessment and intervention model which supports the early identification of SEND.  The TAC Panel is based on a child and family centred approach and facilitates early intervention and preventative work with young children and their families.

Aim

The aim is that all young children with high level, low incidence needs will have their needs and appropriate provision identified before they enter school.

Who attends the TAC Panel?

Solihull’s TAC Panel is made up of professionals from the 0-25 SEND Service (Specialist Inclusion Support Service – SISS and Early Years Support and Assessment Team – EYSAT), NHS Therapies Service (Speech and Language – SLT / Occupational Therapy – OT and Physiotherapy) and Solihull’s Health Visiting Team.

Who can be referred to the TAC Panel?                                                                

Referrals are for children and families resident in Solihull, or who attend a Solihull setting.  The Panel accepts referrals for Early Years children prior to school entry (0-4 years), with significant difficulty in three or more areas of their development.

What does the TAC Panel do?

The TAC Panel will coordinate the multi-agency assessment of a young child’s needs and the allocation of support.  A key worker will be allocated following assessment, to coordinate the Team Around the Child and to monitor provision and progress.

Where a change in provision is required a child will return to the TAC Panel for review e.g. where further multi-agency specialist assessment is required or a change in provision is advised.

In order to work effectively, the TAC Panel liaises with other services working with a child/ family and shares any written advice with professionals involved in the Team working Around the Child or young person.

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