Who is in the Take Care team?
Angie Bourne (SENCO and MHFA - Youth)
Karen Sharpe (Family Support Worker and MHFA - Adult)
Caroline Crossley (Family Support Assistant and MHFA - Adult)
Lindsey Hosie (ELSA and MHFA - Youth)
MHFA - Mental Health First Aider
ELSA - Emotional Literacy Support Assistant
SENCO - Special Educational Needs Coordinator
What is Take Care?
Take Care is a system through which staff can raise concerns about any child in the school. It is an early intervention process designed to make sure that effective communication about a child’s needs takes place and that effective and co-ordinated support to meet their needs is planned and implemented. There is system to review the effectiveness of provision and to change and develop support through a ‘plan, do, review’ cycle. The overall aim to is to ensure that any child who requires support at a particular point in time has their needs considered, and that no child’s individual needs are ‘missed’. Some children referred to Take Care may have lots of support in place already, but staff may be concerned about a particular aspect of the child’s development or a particular incident that has taken place. Some children referred have had no previous additional support in school.
How does the system work?
A team comprising of a Social, Emotional and Mental Health Specialist TA, the School Child and Family Support Worker, and the Special Needs Co-ordinator meet at least once per month. Anyone who works in school can refer a child to these meetings. They do this by completing a referral form and handing to one of the team members. The team will discuss the child’s needs and plan action and support . They will work with other staff and professionals from outside the school to ensure that the action and support takes place. The child’s progress will be reviewed at subsequent meetings and further support will be planned if necessary. Feedback is given to all staff via a Take Care action plan after every meeting. The impact of the support and action upon the child’s academic progress and their social and emotional wellbeing is tracked by the Take Care team.
What sort of support might be arranged for a child?
The referrals made to Take Care are wide ranging; worries about bullying, concerns about learning progress, an increase in detentions, concerns about self-care and many more. Therefore, the support arrangements agreed are individual to the child. Support offered could include:
- Referral to other services e.g. Educational Psychologist;
- Positive Play;
- Nurture Group;
- Early Help assessments- provide an early help package;
- Meeting with parents;
- Learning Interventions;
- Individual behaviour plan;
- Risk assessment;
- Anti-bullying team;
- Child and Family Support Worker involvement;
- Applications for additional funding from the Local Authority.
If you have any concerns please speak to our Family Support Assistant, Mrs Crossley.
Alternatively, please contact the School SENCO by telephone on 01773 602936, or by email.
Mrs Angie Bourne SENCO email@example.com