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Lead professional and team around the child

The lead professional is a key element of integrated support.

Lead professionals work with children with additional (including complex) needs who require an integrated package of support from more than one practitioner. 

The support comes from a multi-disciplinary team of practitioners called a team around the child (TAC).  The TAC is often established on a case by case basis to support the child or their family who require support. The TAC model is also referred to as TAYP (team around the young person)

The lead professional takes the lead to coordinate provision and act as a single point of contact for a child and their family when a TAC is required.

This way all children who require integrated support from more than one practitioner should experience a seamless and effective service.

Integrated working guidance

The integrated working guidance is a set of four guides that explain the CAF process, how to be a member of the team around the child, and how to act as a lead professional. The guidance documents seek to link together the practices and processes of integrated working, which also include multi-agency working and information sharing. Below is the CAF guidance, for practitioners, and also for managers.

Below is the Team around the child and the lead professional guidance for practitioners and managers.

Team around the child and the lead professional: a guide for practitioners [1.7 MB PDF]

Team around the child and the lead professional: a guide for managers [2 MB PDF]

The guides are also available online as an interactive tool which allows you to easily navigate and are printer friendly. 

If you would like to order a free printed copy of the guidance, please email  with your full address and the number of copies you require.

Integrated working eguidance

Click here to access the lead professional training package.

Page updated: 27 October 2011

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